Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
1 John 3:15 ESV
Following up on my last post about loving one another, today we look at how dangerous it is for disciples of Christ to harbor hateful thoughts toward one another. If we as a follower of Jesus hate our brother it is tantamount to murder. John is expressing how important it is to continue in a loving relationship with our fellow disciples. Because, if we hate another Christian we are a murderer.
Look at the second half of the verse and see, to hate ones brother has eternal consequences. Yet there are many professed Christians that do hate another member of the Lord's body. If we show hatred for a member of the Lord's body, we're showing hatred for Jesus and ourselves as well because we are all one. To hate ones brother is to separate one's self from God.
So, today let's really look into our hearts and see if we have any hate lurking there. If we do, let's repent of it and show love for the one we have held hard feelings toward. Let's seek their forgiveness and God's as well. There is no room for hate within the body of Christ.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman