So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
—1 John 4:16b-21
by: Jasmine Lynch.
Several scriptures command us to love both our enemies and our neighbors. John commanded us here to love our brothers. “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (v.16, NKJV). John builds a very good case for why it is impossible to be a follower of God and hate your brother. Then John says, if we cannot love those whom we can see, how are we going to love God whom we cannot see. Is it possible for the ungodly to love his brother? Is it impossible for a believer to not love his brother? Let us focus on building each other up in love rather than tearing each other down.