Are you a Murderer?

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?

True Love

One of the most basic words used for Valentine’s Day is “love”. A simple word; it seems, but unfortunately a very confusing word. After all, look at the many different ways we use it in English. We say, “I love ice cream; I love my girlfriend/ boyfriend/ spouse; I love football; I love my Mother; I love God.” Each of these phrases is a different use of the word “love.”

How do we reach its deepest meaning?
The Bible tells us that God’s love has been poured out upon us (Rom 5:5). While we were yet sinners, God demonstrated how he loved the world by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ loves us so much that He died on the cross to save us from our sins. He first loved us: unconditionally, even if we do not love Him in return. This is the essence of true love: unconditional self-giving. We give ourselves away for the other person, even if it means (and especially when it means) sacrifice and suffering for us. The greatest symbol of love is not the heart; it is the cross!
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Remember three things:

1) The picture above with the guy dressed like cupid was wrong (funny, but wrong) lol.

2)True love has no conditions. If someone says they love you, but expect something in return. They are not showing true love, but rather selfishness.

3) Jesus showed unconditional love by giving himself for the benefit of others. True love looks out for the other person, not for self.