If we love one another, God lives in us, and God’s love is perfected in us. — 1 John 4:12
The person who wrote the scripture above was concerned that there were a lot of fake Christians out there in the 1st century world. Early on, he writes “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (I John 4:1).
Two thousand and eighteen hundred years (plus or minus half a decade) later and fake Christians are still a big problem. There never has been a time when they weren’t. These fake Christians have committed all sorts of evil in the name of Jesus from the Crusades to Nazi Germany to Slavery to atrocities against Native peoples. The list goes on.
But in this scripture, John tells us how to distinguish the fake Christian from the real follower of Jesus. The real follower of Jesus loves others. It is that simple.
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