1 JOHN 3:11-15 / BLOG

“This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:11-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Love one another. We all have heard this sayings many times, but what kind of love? Here John notes “love” as agape which implies a selfless, self- sacrificing love focused on other people. Now John gives us an example of when people don’t show this love and become jealous and resentful over others. Cain was jealous and had hatred for Abel because Cains offering was evil and Abels was seen as righteous to God. We see here those who are motivated towards God vs people who are motivated towards satan or someone lacking in fellowship with the Lord. Believers will be persecuted or hated because of our righteousness and goodness. The world doesn’t like those who do right. There is a hatful jealously in sin, the world is our enemy. So fellow believers don’t be afraid to stand in truth, stand firm in your faith. Show the world who Christ is and stand out, for the Lord will honor this in the kingdom of heaven. Be obedient towards God, obey his command to Love and don’t be afraid to show love.

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