“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.
For whoever does not love their brother or sister,
whom they have seen, cannot love God,
whom they have not seen.”
I John 4:20
Strong words indeed! Yet it is clear that with this illustration God is telling us that loving each other is an essential part of our faith. If we do not love our brother or sister, then we are not following the faith, because we can’t possibly be loving God.
However, I have seen folks debate though, who is actually our brother or sister. Are they only people we know, that go to our church? Or do they have to belong to the same type of church?
I don’t think so, in fact when I read this I think of the Good Samaritan. Do you remember how he helped a man by the side of the road, that had been beaten and robbed? It is true he was called the good neighbor, not a brother, but the spirit of these Scriptures is the same.
And remember we are all descended from Adam and Eve. So, in that sense, we are all related! One things for sure, hate is never an option.
Heavenly Father, please help us to love people, and truly reflect Your love here in the earth, even when the other person is much different than we are. In Christ’s name, amen.
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quote from the NIV Bible