Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers (1 John 2:3-11)

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

I changed the way I do many things because I got married.  I didn’t change all at one, it took time, but I did change.

First, I changed how I did laundry.  My wife wanted me to sort clothes into dark/whites and cold water/warm water loads.  I used to just throw everything into one load and wash it on cold.

Second, I changed how I ate.  I cooked casseroles.  My wife preferred low fat foods.  I liked red meat, she preferred turkey.

I changed in many other ways as well.  She changed the ways she did things, too. 

Did we have to change?  Not necessarily.  But we did change.  We did it because we love each other.  I have a right to do things my way, but I learned what makes her happy.  I changed things because I love her.

Anyone who claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

In the same way my wife and I adopted lifestyle changes from each other, the same thing naturally happens with those who are in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  For me, that affects my life choices.

Modest living, continual self-searching, moving when led by the Spirit, acting out of compassion to help those in need, seeking forgiveness for wrongs, forgiving those who have wronged…

God doesn’t punish those who refuse to live as Jesus did.  At least not that I have observed.  But, when you are in a relationship with Jesus Christ, you naturally conform to the lifestyle he lived.

Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

How do we show our gratitude for Jesus?  We love those who are loved by Him and who love Him.  Those who love my children are loved by me.  Those who love my children are loving me whether they know it or not.  However, anyone who may otherwise be my friend but hates my children doesn’t have my gratitude.  The Father sees love for other believers the same way.  You can’t love God without loving his children.


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