“In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” 1 John 3:10-15 NKJV.
There are consequences of missing the essence or purpose of showing unconditional love. The presence or absence of love can either classify you as a child of God or a child of the devil. Not loving another can be equated as loving with conditions because if the aim is to be like Christ, then we have missed the point and the mark completely. If God loved us based on certain conditions, no one would have salvation because we all fall short but it is His grace, His undying love for us that pushes us up to His standards. That is if we allow it to. Indeed without love there is certain and eternal death. John 3:16 is evidence of that. God’s love lived through us is the distinguishing factor between those of Christ, and those of the world, those of righteousness and those of wickedness. Without His unconditional love, what separates us from the rest of world? Without unconditional love we can easily find ourselves hating another because of conditions not met or trust broken. According to worldly understanding and reasoning, that makes perfect sense, but as Children of God, ours should be beyond that as the one who hates has committed murder and no unrepentant murderer has a place in the kingdom of God. This is the importance of love, not only will it benefit you, it can benefit those around you and its alright if the world hates you, death has consumed it, let love consume you that a new life can be born in those around.
Father, help me to fully and wholeheartedly understand the importance of love and not only that, but help me to live completely consumed by it. It is in You that I seek to reside and make my place of refuge. Amen