Brethren, 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. Again, 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.
Our scripture text is talking about loving one another which is what Christ commanded since the beginning and this commandment will remain in effect until the end of time. John felt the need to remind his readers and believers today of the command to love one another as this show the light of Christ in our lives. God is love and to be in the family of God and fail to love our brothers and sisters whom we see daily is a misrepresentation of godly love. Believers are to imitate God and His love because when we were out of fellowship with God He loved us even then.
That being said, then why was it necessary for John to remind believers during His day and today of the love commandment? Did believers during John's day forget the commandment or was it issued to enhance his writing skills? Do believers today feel that the love commandment was applicable to believers during John's day? Let's be clear, God's Word is for all generations and is to be adhered to.
Brotherly love is a testament to Christ in us.
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