Is the author of First John just another guy writing about love without really saying anything? And is this going to be another sermon on love that doesn't go anywhere? Isn't that what we expect on Mother's Day anyway? If it's any consolation, this is going to be a sermon about obedience instead of love or, more accurately, obedience as an expression of love.
Do you ever look at your family of origin or your in-laws and have similar thoughts? Are you ever tempted to build yourself an ark, call down the wrath of God and sweep all those relations away? The problem with that approach is that it doesn't really solve the problem, does it? Noah and his family survived the flood only to start the cycle of sin all over again. Something needs to change, and it isn't crazy Aunt Lucy.