Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Verse for Today - I John 4:20-21
1 John 4:20-21
"Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister."
Read all of 1 John 4
Today's verse is one of those gut-check verses that is hard to ignore. You see the Scriptures are described as being "living and sharper than any two-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12) and in another place, "All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable..." (II Timothy 3:16).
Well, as were read a passage like I John 4:20-21, it reveals what's in our hearts. The Word of God is applied by the Spirit of God to the individuals who read and hear it. Of course, for those who might have a deep and sincere hatred for someone or anyone really, this verse might be a discouragement. However, the intent is not to discourage but foster transformation... change.
What should we do? How do we get past such thoughts? Certainly, we need God's help (grace). Even with it, it will take earnest effort on our part. The key is doing the things that we can. I'm convinced that actions and feelings are connected (part of the same circle if you will)... and that "actions" are best in the driver's seat. In time right feelings will follow right actions. Do what you know is right. Treat others (even those under your skin) with kindness and respect and if nothing else YOU will begin to feel better. :)