articles of chapter 6

Love God, Jesus and Your Neighbors

The person who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 Jhn 4:8)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. (1 Jhn 4:7)

Jhn 13:34 I [Jesus] am giving you a new commandment to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Jhn 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God, and everyone who loves the parent also loves the child. 3 For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult, 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

4:8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us. 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.

Mat 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

1 Jhn 3:10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are distinguished. No person who fails to practice righteousness and to love his brother is from God. 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life [we have received a certain promise], because we love the brothers. He who doesn’t love his brother remains in death. 4:20 Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates his brother is a liar. The one who does not love the brother whom he has seen cannot love a God whom he has not seen. 21 This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother.

1 Jhn 2:10 He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Mat 22:39 A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Mat 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,

The above Matthew verses are clear. But, what does Luke mean who says:

Luk 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, as well as his own life, he can’t be my disciple. Luk 14:33 In the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all he has.

Obviously, Luke does not mean that one should hate his neighbors. He only means that man should love God more than their fellowmen, love God more than his own life. The first of the commandments are about obeying God and the rest about the fellowmen. Thus, they can be reduced to these two things: Love God and your neighbor.

If we love God, we do as 1 John 5:3 says: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult.” – If we do not keep his commandments, our love is not genuine, but futile. Paul says in Rom 7:12: “So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 7:14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold under sin.” – The believer errs sometimes, but the penitent is forgiven. 1 Pet 4:8 says also: “Above all, continue to love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.

 

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