A woman seeking counsel from Dr. George W. Crane, the psychologist, confided that she hated her husband, and intended to divorce him. “I want to hurt him all I can,” she declared firmly.“Well, in that case,” said Dr. Crane, “I advise you to start sho … More
Up to this point John has been talking about “the commandments” in general; but now he focuses on one single commandment and that is that God’s people love one another (vv. 7-8). Although the Old Testament Law required love for one another (Leviticus 19:18), Christ gave an entirely new picture on what true love really meant. He illustrated love by the very life that he lived. He never showed hatred or malice toward anyone but had a love for all kinds of people, even His enemies. Christian love is not a shallow sentimental emotion that Christians try to “work up” so they can get along with each other. It is a matter of will (making up your mind that you will allow God’s love to reach others through you) rather than an emotion (attraction and affection for certain persons). When a Christian says that he loves the brethren, while he actually hates another believer he is a liar (v. 9).
What happens to a believer who does not love the brethren? It brings the following tragic results:
Hatred makes a man miserable, but love always brings him joy. Genuine love never keeps records. I need to make sure that I genuinely love other believers and not just say that I do.
Perhaps the best thing I can do right now is to search my heart to see if I hold anything against a brother. If I do, I need to get in touch with them and ask for forgiveness and make things right.
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I John 1:1-4Is your fellowship grounded in God’s Word?
I John 1:5-7What effects your relationships?
I John 1:8-10Sins’ reality and remedy
I John 2:1-6Tests of true knowledge
I John 2:7-11God’s people are to love one another
I John 2:12-14Three categories of believers
I John 2:15-17Worldliness is a matter of the heart
I John 2:18-22The opponent of Christ
I John 2:23-27Jesus and God are one
I John 2:28-29Twisting the Scriptures
I John 3:1-3A clear description of God’s Children
I John 3:4-8Reasons why Jesus died on the cross
I John 3:9-12I have two dogs living in me
I John 3:11-16Don’t be surprised if the world hates you
I John 3:17-18Love is an action, not a feeling
I John 3:19-24Doctrine and love are both needed
I John 4:1-3Don’t believe everything you hear
I John 4:4-6Sure tests for true teaching
I John 4:7-12Love is an action
I John 4:13-21Pretending is not a mark of maturity
I John 5:1-5What must I do to be saved?
I John 5:6-08Proof that Jesus is God
I John 5:09-15Instrument for getting God’s will done on earth
I John 5:16-21Given over to the worship of Idols