This past week I have been reading through the epistle of 1 John. It is a wonderful letter and I encourage you to read through it as well. I really appreciate the way John reminds the church that we are to keep the commandments of God and abide in His word. We are to walk in the truth. John also says that we as we walk in the truth, we are also to walk in the love of Christ. Truth and love should always go hand in hand. John writes in 1 John 4:19
1 John 4:19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
In a sin-fallen world where we witness and experience so many hateful things, Christ calls us to walk in love. As Christians, others should experience and witness God’s love in us and through us – even when we disagree and even when we’ve been wronged. We are to love. There is no place for hating others. There is no place for hurting others. We are to love others. That does not mean we have to compromise the truth. We are to walk in truth and love. We are called to do so and we are able to do so because He has first loved us.