I remember years ago when I was taking a Greek class, I had to translate the first epistle of John. Early in the morning I got up to finish this particular section in chapter three that was due that morning. What makes me remember this and what makes this humorous is that I was extremely mad at a Christian brother over something kinda petty. I was going to town translating this chapter, and then I came up to verse fifteen. Word by word, I translated. ” All or everyone… hates… brother… his…. murderer???????? That’s when the knife hit the heart as I realized what it translated as. “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer…”
In John 8:44, the devil is described as this same word…”murderer”. Jesus himself, in Matthew five, equated anger and murder as being the same in God’s eyes. A Christian should be known for his love for others. The first epistle of John emphasizes the fact that Christians are to “love one another”. This unconditional love should be a contrast to the world’s ways and even to their conditional love. Unconditional love is to look out for the welfare of the other person through actions.
1 John 3:14-17 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?