Do You Love or Hate Your Christian Brothers and Sisters?

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We are commanded by Jesus and the apostles to love one another. Hating one another is a sin. But the apostle John says it like this:

1 John 2:9-11 NIV

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.”

So think about your relationships with fellow Christians. Do you love them or hate them?

OK, now you might say that you love the significant majority, and only hate a few. But John doesn’t say to only hate a few of them. We are called to love one another even if we don’t like each other sometimes or rub one another the wrong way.

So if you harbor hate for a fellow believer, come out of the darkness and into the light.

About Brad White

R. Brad White is the Founder and President of Changing the Face of Christianity Inc. Brad is a former atheist and became an "on fire for God" Christian in 2005. In 2008, Brad became incredibly burdened by what he perceived as a Christian faith far off course, and Christians far from living the teachings of Jesus Christ. In 2010, Brad submitted to the calling to reverse these negative Christian stereotypes, by starting "Changing the Face of Christianity" (a 501c3 Texas non-profit corporation). Read more about R. Brad White

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  1. Pavel says

    In Christ we all are truly one, the identity of each one of us is bound up in Christ and who He is, and not in ourselves. If we find our identity in Christ as do all who call Him Lord and Savior, couldn’t it be said that to hate your brother or sister in Christ is to hate or harm yourself? There is a spiritual principle that the body of Christ, whom we are, is one and that no part of the body of Christ can consider any other part of the body of Christ unnecessary or unworthy. The body of Christ is living and is one, which helps to understand those times when we are against brothers and sisters we are apart from Christ. You cannot in a practical way be hateful to others and be alive in Christ. Even to our enemies we cannot be hateful. Having said that, these things are written as it is the most natural thing for us apart from Christ to hate others, and to be cold or suspicious and distrustful of others. How much do we need to stay close to Jesus and find life in Christ to love others.

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