HATING RATHER THAN LOVING OUR BRETHREN (Part 1)

Bible Reading: 1 John 2:9-11

According to the Apostle John, love enables us to “abide [live] in the light” so that we are kept from “stumbling.” On the other hand, hate “blinds” our “eyes” and leaves us to live out our lives groping around in the “darkness.” This teaching of John’s is articulated elsewhere in Scripture as well, even by our Savior Himself.

In Matthew 22:35-40, a “lawyer” puts our Lord to the test by asking Him, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus passes the test with flying colors by responding: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Notice, our Lord said that all the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments. In other words, to obey God’s Word and to live in God’s will is a simple matter of loving God and others as we should.

Think about it; if we love God as we should love God will we not want to please Him in our lives? Will our love for God not make sinning against Him a most undesirable thing? Furthermore, if we love others as we should love others will we mistreat them or commit some wrong against them? Will our love for others not cause us to always be kind to them and do right by them? “Love,” truly “is,” as the Apostle Paul teaches in Romans 13:10, “the fulfilling of the law.”

All we have to do to be what God wants us to be, to do what God wants us to do, and to live like God wants us to live is to love God like we ought to love God and to love our neighbor like we ought to love our neighbor. The whole law of God is summoned up in these two commandments―loving God with all our heart and loving our neighbor as ourselves. If we obey these two commandments and love as we should love, then, we will live out God’s law in our lives.