The Peanuts character Linus once quipped, “I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand!” It’s easy to run around talking about how we love other people, but truly showing love to one another on an individual basis is much more difficult, especially with those we don’t like.
In today’s text, John gives us a litmus test for salvation. How do we know if we are saved? If we love one another-especially those people we aren’t so fond of. He will go far as to say that if we say we are walking in the light while at the same time hating our brother or sister, we are still in darkness!