"Love one another"

Many centuries ago the Apostle John wrote in his first epistle, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" It seems quite as difficult today to reconcile the differences which sometimes seem to exist between those of the same household of faith with their profession of Christianity, as it must have been when John penned this keen rebuke. The apostle was emphasizing the truth which Jesus had so clearly taught and demonstrated—that because God is Love, men can find and know God only through loving. If they do not have love in their hearts for their brother, how can they be conscious of the Love which is God Himself?

In Deuteronomy the command is given, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might;" and in Leviticus we read, "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord."

Learning to Accept
December 4, 1937

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