We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 John 3:14-18 NASB
Love for our brothers and sisters is the evidence of our salvation. Hate for a brother or sister is evidence against it. Christ showed us what love is when He died for us. In light of that, how can we go without helping brothers and sisters in need and still say that we love God?
Love in word only is not love. True love is evidenced by deeds.
If we hate a brother, it’s clear that we don’t love God, and we don’t have eternal life. If we close our hearts against a brother in need when we can help, the love of God is not in us.
To hate a brother or sister is a sin. But so is not loving one.
Christ gave us the supreme example of love – He died for us. Love is no less than this. Let His example be the one we follow.
He loves us and gave us the greatest example of love when He died for us.
We need God’s supernatural love in us to give. We’re really not capable on our own. Only by His grace can we have the capacity for real love.