In I John 3:11-24 John tells us to love and not to hate. He tell us to not hate like Cain. Was it murder that condemned him or his heart? (Hint - It's always a heart issue that reveals itself in actions).
What is love? How does it express itself in daily life? With your spouse? Kids? Parents? Friends?
John (and the Bible) seems to use this term in a way that is deeper than the “world” understands it. He seems to tell us to have a passion for something. What stops us from having this passion for Him? For one another?
If we are passionate about something, doesn’t it show in our daily lives? For example, someone who is passionate about a sports team. You follow that team, you know the stats of the players and the schedule, and you debate why that team is better than the others. Or maybe you’re passionate about a TV show that you have to watch. You know when it’s on and how did what in the last episode. Do you know Christ like that?
The reality is, we can’t or won’t know Him or love others like that until we know that He loves us like that! Jesus brags on you (He is your priest), knows your schedule and knows what you did in “the last episode” and will do in the one coming up next week…yet He loves you anyway. He loves us unconditionally and knows every hair on our heads. He knows us and and loves us and when we get that, we are set free. Set free to love ourselves and others.
Once we truly understand this, we than can be free to love and be passionate about Him and others. Once this sinks into our lives, hearts and minds, action will pour out.
Your life and the lives of those around you will change… pray about that!