Hate = Murder?

For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that know murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. I John 3:11-16        

Several times already in this letter, John has used the phrase,”heard from the beginning” pointing to basic apostolic teaching. The most basic of these teachings, yet the most profound and important one is… love. ( It must be, John keeps bringing it up!)

This should be the biggest difference between Christianity and the world’s other religions. But sadly this isn’t always the case.

When Jesus states in John’s gospel,” By this, all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another,” what He is telling us is that the world will be drawn into His fellowship (the Church) as they witness the love we show and ginuinely have for one another.

As children of God, we are given this ability to love as God the Father loves, who sent His only Son to redeem mankind from eternal damnation. The ability to love as the Son loves, sacrificialy. Not just telling us we should love, but showing us how to live it out and how much it truely costs. This ability dwells within us because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father to lead and guide His children into “all truth” and to bear witness to the Father and the Son (John 16:13).

What hinders us from loving in this way? I’m sure there are many reasons and they may differ from person to person. But, I would venture to say, that the number one reason we are hindered also comes “from the beginning.” And that is the lie “you will be like God” spoken by the serpent in the garden. WE want to be the god of our life, WE want to be in control. WE don’t want to submit to anyone, WE want to be submitted to!

May our challenge this week be to not only love the people of our faith communities as Jesus does, but also to submit to God.

Since God is love, and the source of true love, we can only love as He loves, if we submit to Him in love.



2 Responses

  1. I have been dwelling recently about the importance of putting the spirit of love into the centre of everything I do, all the daily tasks of life. Jesus exemplified love and when St Paul spoke of love he was also speaking of Jesus.
    You have a thought provoking blog, I’m glad I came across it:)
    God bless:)

  2. Thank you Suzy, for dropping by! And thanks for your comments,they are always encouraging.

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