Loving God = Loving Others

I Jn. 4:20,21 If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both. Are there those individuals in your life that the mere thought of them causes you to recoil, feel disgusted, or relive the things they have said and done that make you dislike them? Perhaps you have been treated unfairly, lied about or disappointed by the actions of others, even your own family members. Loving God requires that we love others, even those that have hurt or wronged us. This love is not an approval of the wrong that has been done, but the key to freedom for our own lives. Loving others can only come by, and through, the unconditional love of God. The more of this love you pour out on those you can see, the more you show your love for God.