St’s Mary & Theresa
Deacon Greg Beavin
In 1 John chapter four there is an excerpt that says; “If anyone says, I love God, but hates his brother, is a liar.” At times we may have the tendency to gloss over some of these more difficult teachings in scripture, in which this one would surely qualify. But remember it doesn’t say we have to like everyone or approve of what they do, by any means, but, we are called to love them, because they are created by the same God who created us and as we can read earlier in this chapter, God is love.
The simple litmus test for us to determine if we really are serious about our love of God and our brothers and sisters is to follow God’s commandments to the best of our ability. Of course, we are not perfect, only God qualifies in that department, but He will know when we are serious about love; and we will too if we are honest with ourselves. I’m pretty sure that’s all God is looking for is a good honest effort anyway.