Daily Bread – LOVE GOD. LOVE his brother.
And this commandment have we from him, That he who LOVEth GOD LOVE his brother also.
For John, the presence of genuine LOVE for others is a sign that a person genuinely LOVEs GOD.
It is a convicting question to ask ourselves whether we really LOVE those around us. Very often, we are more likely to speak evil of others – even fellow members of our church – than we are to genuinely care for them and LOVE them. As you pray, consider the LOVE GOD has demonstrated for us in the person and work of JESUS. As you consider God’s LOVE your us, pray that your heart for others would be the same as His, and that you would LOVE others as GOD has LOVEd us.
Usually our closest relationships are our most rewarding ones but also our most difficult ones. The people who know us the best often LOVE us the best, but when they let us down in also hurts the most. Have you ever been let down by someone very close to you? How did you respond? While those closest to us may be the hardest to LOVE, this verse shows us that our LOVE for our brother is a picture of our LOVE for GOD. Those who LOVE GOD must also LOVE their brothers and sisters. This can be especially difficult with our literal brothers and sisters. So do you LOVE your brothers and sisters? What would it look like to really LOVE them?
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. #Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/esv/2015-01-17.htm