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1 John 4 - Key

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If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

We might tend to think of hatred as some horrible problem that other people have, but when we don't treat people the right way way because we don't love them the way we should, what is that? What do you call the opposite of love?

Application

Ephesians 4:31 & 32
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Keeping myself from speaking wrongly or angrily is very difficult when other people are acting and speaking very wrongly toward me. But what way does it say to do it? I need to forgive them, like God forgave us. God had pretty incredible forgiveness for us, when we were so rotten, and He doesn't even mention our sin to us any more.

How can we have such forgiveness? How did God? God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. I'll forgive people thoroughly, because of Christ, so that I can treat them lovingly instead of hatefully.

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