“If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1 John 4:20-21
Love is a heavenly language. This leads us to the study of Love as a believer’s means of communication.
We know that all humans are created in the image of God. Therefore, all men are God’s replica here on earth irrespective of our disparities. Even the Bible states that “we are gods” (Psalm 82:6) which reveals to us that every man is a god in human form.
The response to the question from today’s scripture reveals the need to “let brotherly love continue”. How can you talk about your love for God when you hate your brother? How can you exhibit your love for Christ when you detest your sister? When we say brother or sister, it doesn’t have to be a relative. Your neighbours, not necessarily those living around you, are your brothers and sisters in Christ. For in Christ, there is no discrimination.
This is not a message of condemnation but a word of correction to love everyone as Christ loves us. Our love for God is seen in the way we show love to others. May the Lord teach us to love our neighbours in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Further study: Matthew 25:31-46
Charge: Reconcile with those you have issues with and determine to show them love as you will to yourself.