Scripture Reading: 1 John 4
1 John 2:8-11 5:13—wrote so you would know you have eternal life.
Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Christ is the true light that reveals truth, here specifically about love. In the light—in Christ. Brother—fellow man, neighbor. Loving brother is what being in the light is, because that’s what Christ does. Hateth—to detest, to not love, dislike.
1 John 3:10-13
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Manifest—shine, appear, plainly recognized. Loving others is the evidence of who you belong to. Cain did not love his brother, his treatment of his brother revealed who he belonged to—the devil. Unrighteous people hate their own brothers—Cain, The world is Cain.
1 John 3:14-18
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Passed—changed our state from death to life—born again. Murderer—like Cain.
Christ’s sacrifice of His life for us is our example and motivation to do the same. If you don’t provide for others, there is no way you understand God’s love.
Love is not words; it’s actions.
1 John 4:7-12
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
God is love, so if you know Him, you will love. Herein is love—us loving God who deserves it, is not love; God loving us who don’t deserve it is love. God is love, but no one has seen God, but they will see Him when His people love.
1 John 4:19-21
We love him, because he first loved us.20 If a man say, 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?21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
No man has seen God, but you do see your brother. Easy to say you love something unseen, difficult to love what is seen!
1 John 5:1-3
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
If you love the Son of God, then you will love all His children. Love is doing what God says, not being nice, or people-pleasing, etc. We know—this is our proof, evidence. Grievous—weighty, burdensome.