Known by Love.
1 John 3:11-15
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Jesus taught His followers to love one another, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)
People with saving faith desire to obey the teachings of Jesus. A true disciple of Jesus will attempt to love people expecting the Lord to fulfill his attempt with power. How do we express love? The Apostle John states how in 2 John 1:6, “And this is love that we walk according to (obey) His commands.” Love goes far beyond feelings and can be expressed if a person’s feelings are not loving. People with saving faith will express love to all people by faith in Jesus.
People either follow the ways of the world or the ways of Jesus. The world hates Christians for two reasons:
People who hate and experience no sorrow that leads to repentance are of the world and are not true disciples of Jesus Christ. If a person does not attempt by faith to express love to all people, then that person is physically alive, but spiritually dead. John states it very clearly in terms all understand - hate equals murder and an unrepentant murderer does not have eternal life with Jesus.
We express love for all people by obeying the commands of Christ. We are not to express love only when we feel loving, but we are to express love even if we feel hateful toward someone. Expressing love when we feel hate is not hypocritical, but loving. Why? Love is expressed by our acts of love done in obedience to the commands of Christ. (Note: The characteristics of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 are verbs, action words).
May you choose love.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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