Yesterday as I was reading a little from Robert Yarbrough's recent commentary on the epistles of John, I came across this excellent observation on the significance of John's letters:
Life in the Son grows out of right belief, but not right belief alone. It extends to obedient behavior too. But correct behavior, even combined with high orthodoxy, can be overrated.... True godliness in John's conception consists of a third integral element:deep-rooted devotion of the heart to God. This is love (25-26).
May God in his grace help us to develop all three!