Do You Love Other Believers
Posted on May 8, 2012 by Melissa
There is no single verse in the whole Bible that troubles me more than when Jesus says that if we love Him, we will obey what He commands (John 14:15). It presents a stark and troubling reality: it does not matter one bit what I say about how much I love God. What really matters is my obedience.
Today’s passage makes one very important element of obedience clear: we are to love other believers.
Read 1 John 3:7-12. Go back and focus on verse 10.
What principle is at work in verse 9? If you had to summarize that verse for another person, what would you say?
According to this passage, it should be as plain as day who is a child of God and who is not a child of God. What are some examples of things that are “right” in God’s eyes?
What are the two “sides” that John presents in this passage?
If you had to take a long hard look at your actions, whose side are you on? What do your actions show?
If you had to list the loving things you have done for your fellow Christians recently, what would those be?
Anyone who claims to be a Christian—a follower of Jesus—must walk in the way that He did. That means that our lives look like His. That we care about the things He cares about and do the things He thinks are important. That’s what being a follower is.
In this passage, we’re called to holiness in the form of love. That’s a key theme in Scripture: God is looking for followers who will obey Him. The Scripture makes it clear: the person who really belongs to God does what is right. And according to Scripture, loving your fellow Christian is the right thing to do.