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For Love or Death

John Collins04/26/2012
In 1 John 3, John says that the original message from the beginning is that we should love one another.

John said that Cain murdered Abel because Abel's deeds were righteous.  He said that we have passed out of death into life because of Love, and whoever does not Love abides in death.  He said that everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

As Jesus laid down His life out of Love for us, we should lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone refuses to give to the poor while they have plenty, how can God's Love abide in him?  John said that we should not just say that we have love, but we should prove it with our actions.

John said that we will know that we are of the Truth whenever our heart does not condemn us.  When our hearts condemn us, God will know because God knows everything.  If our hearts do not condemn us, then we can have confidence before God.  Whatever we ask of Him, we will receive, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him.

John said, "And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us.  Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in Him.  And we will know that He abides in us by the Spirit whom he has given us."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we forgotten the original message from the beginning?  Do we think that it is so deep a mystery that it takes a divine interpreter to find it?  Do we abide in Love or death?  Are we living by Christ's example, who laid down his life for us out of Love?  Do we know the Truth, or do our hearts condemn us?  Have we kept His commandment of Love?  Does His Spirit abide in us?