Loving the brethren 2

B. There are dangers in true righteousness:

1. We can develop relationship with someone, trust them, confide in them, and there is the risk of them betraying your commitment.

2. It’s messy. We can’t have an attitude that says, “We’re an Urgent Care Center, but don’t come in here bleeding. How dare you mess-up our clean operation.”

a. But no matter how messy it becomes, we can’t avoid it, because it’s a biblical requirement for the followers of Christ.

In verse 10 John says if we’re not doing this, we’re of the Devil!

II. Feature #2: DEMONSTRATION – 1 John 3:12-14

{12} not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. {13} Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. {14} We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.

A. vs. 12 – John made it plain that this was for Christians. This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. But before telling his audience precisely what love is, he first told them what it is not.

1. It is not the kind of action Cain exhibited toward his brother Abel.

a. Cain murdered his brother and in that action he was of the evil one

1. Cain’s was jealous of his brother’s superior righteousness.

2. Resentment toward another Christian is often birthed by comparing one’s own life with that person’s.

3. John bluntly affirmed that such reactions are satanic.

B. vs. 13 – Hatred and murder are worldly, since the world hates Christians.

1. John’s tone is that this shouldn’t surprise us. What else is expected of the world

2. It is hatred among believers that is so abnormal. This was John’s warning!

C. vs. 14 – In contrast with the world, however, John stated, We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.

1. Love for one’s brothers is evidence that he has entered God’s kingdom.

D. The main thing people come to church for is love.

1. They want to see it, feel it, taste it, know it inside out.

2. But the only way they’re going to see it, is if we demonstrated it to each other.

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