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1John 4:20 "If a man say, I love God and hates-(to love less by comparison -Matthew 22:39,40)-his brother, he is a liar-(and an antiChrist -1John 2:22), for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?-(he's kidding himself – a fraud)."-Hate denies meaning in a relationship. If hate and it's sisters resentment and bitterness reside, there really is no relationship.
    1John 3:15 "Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him." John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil and the lusts-(original is 'desires')-of your father you will do-('just got to have it for me'). He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth-(the truth that love cares for others and he became self centered -Jude 1:6)-in him. 
    When he speaks a lie-(Matthew 12:34), he speaks of his own-(selfishness), for he is a liar-(one's life is a lie if he's purporting himself Christian and not helping his others)-and the father of it." 1John 3:22-24 "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep His commandments-(not the Mosaic Law ones)-and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. And he that keeps His commandments dwells in Him and He in him. And hereby we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us." 1John 2:8-11 "Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you, because the darkness is past and the true light now shines. He that says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loves his brother abides in the light-(why?)-and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hates-(loves less by comparison)-his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness and knows not whither he goes, because that darkness-(selfishness is being in darkness and love is being in the light)-has blinded his eyes." 1Timothy 1:5 "Now-the end-(original Greek 'to set out for a definite end, whole purpose')-of the commandment is charity-(original Greek 'love')-out of a pure heart and of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned-(not a fraud, not hypocritical)."

Mark 12:28-31

Romans 13:8,9 "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. A more accurate translation would be 'We ought to love one another, for love fulfills the law about adultery, murder, lying about others to their detriment and coveting.
    Love works no ill to his neighbour, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
    If any man (decides to) love his neighbour, he can't do any wrong to him, because he's acting out of the law of love in his heart.'
    But as explained earlier, some walk in their own commandments. They have their own deep based heartfelt ideas -2Timothy 3:5. They are in effect, not Christ's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) and are not growing up into Him in all things (Ephesians 4:15,16; Galatians 4:19) and being prepared for a position with Him.
    Even though having been made acceptable to the Father by Him, they may be ashamed at His coming--1John 2:28. They just don't have discipline enough to keep themselves hot.

Don't lack vision to help others -Proverbs 29:18. It hurts you and them too. See far off. See toward your ultimate reward. Don't allow a comfort level to get the best of you -Isaiah 30:10; 2Peter 3:13,14. Be sure the word of God is effective for you -1Thessalonians 2:13.

For some, embracing adversity and persecutions (1Peter 4:16) is anathema. They want nothing to do with the very thing they may need to develop the character necessary for the best reward they can get -Mark 4:20; 2Timothy 3:12.

That's why Jesus said that even with abundance, persecutions will always be right there along with our earthly existence -Mark 10:30. And Paul said: 2Corinthians 12:10 "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions-(persecutions in the original means 'to be mistreated, to flee away'), in distresses for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong." See 'Trials And Sufferings'.

We've got to take all Christ wants us to go through (Ephesians 2:10) in following His word (Matthew 16:24-28; John 10:27; 12:26; Luke 12:41-49) and when reading this, keep in mind Ephesians 2:22. It may hurt your present lifestyle to get the highest reward in the coming real life.-...continues


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