Author: Kenneth O. Gangel
1 John 3:11-18
Among believers, love provides a test of life. John must have paid attention to the Lord’s words in the Upper Room the night of the Crucifixion. There Jesus taught His disciples that the world would measure the reality of their relationship to Him by the way they related to each other (John 13:35). This central theme of 1 John 2 now reappears in 1 John 3:11-18.
Cain represents the opposite of love, the epitome of what happens when one cannot get along with other people for whatever reason. Cain hated Abel because they had different natures. In the same way the world will hate believers, sometimes even to the point of death. Anyone who habitually hates others contains within himself the characteristics of a murderer (Matt. 5:21-22).
How does God want His people to love? Not just in word (as important as that is) but in action and in truth. Who needs to know about your love today? Children? Parents? Husband? Wife? Brothers and sisters in your congregation? God will give you the courage and the wisdom to reach out in love to those who need to hear it and see it in you.
Icebergs may be beautiful to look at, but they are cold and foreboding. Yet some churches and Christians seem as calm and majestic in their orthodoxy as an iceberg. Remember, God gave us emotions, not to be wasted in flaunted extravagance, but to let those around us know how much we genuinely love them.
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