First John 3 explains the Father’s love for us, why we should abide in Christ, what it means to love our brother, and the heart.
We explore the areas of love, abiding, and obedience. It is God’s desire that His word be practical for our everyday living.
Today we will look at loving one another.
Love one another (3:11-18)
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
It is God’s command for us to love one another. It proves that we love God, keep His commandments, and have compassion for others. We are to share with others. Share our worldly goods, money, talents, time, and friendship. Verse 18 makes it plain that love needs to be in deed and in truth.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001