By Edwin Christiaan

One of the fruits that the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ is LOVE! (See Galatians‬ ‭5:22‬)

Jesus said,

You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.‭‭‬‬

Matthew‬ ‭22:37-39‬ ‭NLT

That is why the Bible says, 

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness. ‬‬

1. John‬ ‭2:9-11‬ ‭NLT

In other words, when you walk in God’s love you are patient and kind. You are not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. You do not demand your own way. You are not irritable, and you keep no record of being wronged. You do not rejoice about injustice but you rejoice whenever the truth wins out. You never give up, you never lose faith, you are always hopeful, and you endure through every circumstance. (See 1. Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬)

So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.‬‬

1. John‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭NLT

Conclusively, if you, as a Christian, cannot love your brother or sister, you cannot truly love anyone else!

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