Love God? Then Love Your Brother!

By: Willie G. Miller Jr.

I John 4:20-21

This is one of those meaty passages in scripture that cause us to really check our hearts.  It is very definitive and does not leave room for man’s intellect.  You can not say you love God but hate your brother.  If you do, you are a liar.  Cut, dry and to the point. 

Does this mean you allow people to mistreat you or over step boundaries when they interact with you?  No, but rather you respect others and demand the same in return.  Since my love for my brother is a by-product of my love for myself and God, I must check my brother when he is out of order because I would want him to tell me when I’m wrong. 

One thing that helps me is my internal barometer.  I can tell when I lose sight of my love for others -- I stop acknowledging (or regarding) their internal man by getting stuck on what they have done or look like.  Before I know it, I have treated them badly because of my own feelings.  That is when my internal barometer kicks in.  It speaks to me saying “Remember they are human and they have feelings, fears, pain, and are fragile just like YOU!”   

If you want to love all of mankind, you must choose to interact with them from your heart (the same place that God interacts with us).  This requires a delicate balance because so many people are trying to run some kind of scam to get over and in most cases they will mistake your kindness as a weakness.  So, be wise and discerning in your dealing with others (saved and unsaved).  However, the heart approach will help keep our love and respect for others genuine.  In the end, you don’t want your improper feelings about your brothers and sisters to block your access to God. 

Copyright@2010 Willie G. Miller Jr. All Rights Reserved.


I John 4:20-21

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 

And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.



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Eph: 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

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