We need to read and check (in our Bibles) whether what we a re told is the truth or not.
By reading the bible we get to know what God is really like.
Jesus is God and anyone who doesnt believe this is an unbeliever. There are those out there in thje world that will try to tell us different but they are not from God.
We are from God. We dont have to believe of those that may do us wrong. We have Jesus on our side. He is all powerful and He has already overcome all evil.
Unbelievers and evil people are from the world. Others like them will listen to them. They dont know any better. They also use clever words and ways to get others to listen to them.
Again he says we are from God. Believers will listen to us. But those of the world wont. They will wish us dead. By knowing our Bibles and God we will know the difference between what is right and what is wrong.
Verse 7 and 11
Again he tells how important it is to love each other. Love is from God. There is no hate in Him. We must follow in His example.
It is not possible to know God and yet hate others. We must be like Jesus. He forgave even on the cross.
Verse 9 and 10
By knowing God we can love others as He did. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn us but to love us. Nor is it our job to judge others.
Although no one has ever seen God. His love can be seen through us, if we believe in Him. For He is in our hearts.
We are one God and I, when we love others as He did. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us live right.
We believe that God the Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. This is the good news. We can tell others this wonderful truth.
Verse 15 and 16
When we know and believe and tell people that Jesus is the Son of God. We become one.
When we do know within our knower that Jesus Christ is Lord and God Most Holy then we dont have to be afraid of the future. We will be able to one day stand in glory on the day of judgment.
To truly believe and be loved by God and us Him means we dont have to worry. Perfect love is unconditionally. God loves us unconditionally. Because we have put our trust in Him. Again I am reminded about the fact that God sent His Son into the world NOT to condemn us but to save us. If we DONT believe this then we dont fully trust and love God.
We can love others because He first loved us. He showed us what perfect love is.
Verse 20 and 21
If we say we love God yet also hate our brother or someone else then we are lying. We have seen our brother, we have never seen God. Is it not far easier to feel emotions for someone we have seen than someone we havent. Love is having faith in someone and for this to occur we dont have to see them. Besides which we have been told to love others. We must not hate.
Sometimes it can be very hard to love someone whom has hurt us. However, I turn my feelings into prayers. I give my hurts up to God. I know that those that have hurt me are without God. I truly believe everyone needs God. So I pray for their souls. I pray that God can reach out to them and heal them and love them the same way He loves me. Without God on their side the future for them is bleak. I also believe that by doing this I am forgiving them. God calls us to forgive. This doesnt always mean I can forget what has happened. I believe in order to be healthy sometimes we need to love from afar. Believe me when I say I am praying for you E, M, D and S. You may never see this but I am praying for you all.
I found this, this morning
When God calls a man He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favourites and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits no alteration. God’s call is founded on His decree. His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out His people’s sins, but not their names.” Thomas Watson
I also found this
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
He did that for us!!!!! We were never worthy and can never be worthy enough but He did that for us!!!
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
We need to give and support others.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. ~ 1 John 3:16-23