THE LOVE OF GOD
This verse is simple, and we are going to use it in the light of the parable of the wheat and the tare:
Was David a child of God? Everybody would say "yes". Did he kill Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife? Yes he did it.
So, in this affair, David stopped to do right thing and provoked the Lord with murder and adultery. In this manner he sinned:
1And the LORD sent Nathan
unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one
city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2The rich man had
exceeding many flocks and herds: 3But the poor man had
nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it
grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat,
and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4And there came a
traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his
own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the
poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 5And David's anger was
greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the
man that hath done this thing shall surely die: 6And he shall restore the
lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.7And Nathan said to
David, Thou art the man.
Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 9Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.13And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
2 Samuel 12:1-13
David repented, stopped to sin, and asked God for forgiveness:
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Cain was jealous of Abel, and He killed him:
1And Adam knew Eve his
wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2And she again bare his
brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the
ground. 3And in process of time
it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto
the LORD. 4And Abel, he also
brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had
respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5But unto Cain and to his
offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 9And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
But Cain was not able to do it on his own. He needed God’s mercy to triumph over sin.
This is the difference between the two: God was merciful to David and pushed him to repentance; but to Cain, He was not.
When somebody chooses continually to do evil instead of good, it is evident that God has not forgiven his sins.
As everybody knows the opposite of hate is love. And we read in verse 1 of John 3 that God calls his children with abundant love. Yes, God loves so much the world; he gave for them His holy Son, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.
But, The Bible calls murderer, anyone who hates his brother, and no eternal life resides in him. In another word, the love of God or Christ does not dwell in him:
1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. 13Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 14We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1 John 3:1-16
To conclude, when we hate, we produce fruit of the flesh; but when we love, it is a proof that we received the love of God as gift of the Spirit.
Jesus, as wisdom of God, says: anyone who hates Him loves death. Proverbs 8:36
This explains how someone hates Jesus and loves death. To love your neighbor is a very challenging commandment. True love is about sharing your life to others. Nobody can go into heaven without Christ giving His life for many.
Can we give our life for others as Jesus did? Of course we can:
36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Abel, a type of Christ, was sharing the gospel with the offering of the lamb (Christ). He gave his life for that.
But Cain had no love to share, and he hated and killed his brother. Anybody who has not Christ is son of Cain. He has no life to share. Christ is eternal life, Alleluia!
3And hereby we do know
that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know
him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his
word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in
him. 6He that saith he
abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 7Brethren, I write no new
commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning.
The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8Again, a new commandment
I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness
is past, and the true light now shineth.
9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1 John 2:3-17
We focus on the spectacular truth about the coming of the Son of Man - that he came not to be served, but to serve. The reason this is so important to see is that in the preceding verses Jesus had just laid some radical expectations on his disciples.