1 John 3:10-17
“Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: The one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister. A simple test.
11 For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other.
12 We must not be like Cain, who joined the Evil One and then killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because he was deep in the practice of evil, while the acts of his brother were righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, friends, when the world hates you. This has been going on a long time.
14 The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know very well that eternal life and murder don’t go together.
16 This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. 17 If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” from The Message
The author of 1 John makes a good point about how we tell the difference between the righteous of God and the unrighteous. How we love and that we express that love in tangible ways is always the measure of righteousness.
I would take issue with this author when he suggests that we have the power to make God’s love disappear. I don’t believe that is possible. God loves us no matter what. However, our unrighteousness can shield us from the blessing of God’s love much a like an umbrella shields us from rain. God calls us to walk in the “Sonshine” of God’s love and share that love with one and all, especially those in need. Shared love is what inspires others to take that stroll in the “Sonshine,” too!
Be a blessing to someone today!