How to Love Each Other. A Commentary on 1 John 4:21
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.
1 John 4:21
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
From this verse, we can see that one of the real manifestations of loving God is loving brothers and sisters around us, and that loving brothers and sisters is God’s requirement of us and God’s command that we should obey. However, in real life, there are many times when we don’t have a normal relationship with brothers and sisters, and we are close to this one, but not that one. When brothers and sisters who are beneficial to us, we are willing to love them; when some brothers and sisters touch upon our interests, we not only have no love for them, but despise them. From this, it can be seen that we don’t have any principles in loving brothers and sisters and we get on with them based on our own personal preferences. Therefore, we are unable to love them, though we want to. We cannot truly love each other, so how can we achieve that? God says, “If you don’t have a proper relationship with God, no matter what you do to maintain your relationships with other people, no matter how hard you work or how much energy you exert, it will still belong to a human philosophy of life. You are maintaining your position among people through a human perspective and a human philosophy so that they will praise you. You do not establish proper relationships with people according to the word of God. If you don’t focus on your relationships with people but maintain a proper relationship with God, if you are willing to give your heart to God and learn to obey Him, very naturally, your relationships with all people will become proper. This way, these relationships aren’t established on the flesh, but on the foundation of God’s love. There are almost no interactions based on the flesh, but in the spirit there is fellowship as well as love, comfort, and provision for one another. This is all done on the foundation of a heart that satisfies God. These relationships aren’t maintained by relying on a human philosophy of life, but they are formed very naturally through the burden for God. They don’t require human effort—they are practiced through the principles of the word of God.” From God’s words, we can see that a proper relationship with God, and with brothers and sisters is not established on the flesh but on the foundation of God’s love. Only in this way can we truly love brothers and sisters and live out the reality of loving God.
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