Your feedback is greatly appreciated…

The following verses have been bouncing around my head for quite some time now, and we discussed them in one of my classes this morning, which is a bit too coincidental for me.  Read over them and if you’re open to it, please share your responses to the questions that follow.

1 John 3:4-10

4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:16-18

16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 4:20

20If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

In what ways do these verses radically change how we interact with one another?  More importantly, the way in which we interact with God?

Would this be a total paradigm shift for you, like it would be for me?

Please, feel free to comment on any of the 18* or so blogs I have.

*I really need to simplify the way in which I do things.


5 thoughts on “Your feedback is greatly appreciated…

  1. These verses are definitely a slap in the face for me too when I read them. Anyone who does not love his brother cannot love God? That’s scary. And to me, that last one “For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen,” is a testament to the image and Spirit of God within people. We CAN see people. We CANNOT see God. Loving God IS loving people. That’s crazy.

    This idea has been on my heart recently too, just exactly what it might look like to show radical, Christ-love to each other in community. To really live as brothers and sisters in Christ, encouraging and building each other up always and praying for and with each other and glorifying God together. I have a feeling that that would be a beautiful thing. But it’s definitely not easy.

  2. Casey says:

    1 John 3:16 gets me. Jesus died for us and so we should lay down our lives for our brothers. That’s huge… death! How many Christ followers are truly willing to die for someone else? To pay for someone else’s debt when you owe nothing at all . . . that’s the epitome of selflessness!

    I’ve been reading a book called “Authentic Relationships” which is a book centered around the concept of “one anothering.” (Forgive, pray for, bear with, serve, carry burdens of, be devoted to, honor, forgive, accept, love, honor, greet, be hospitable to, be kind and compassionate to, share with, build up, encourage, comfort…one another). These are simple words which instruct us how we should treat one another.

    Romans 12:10 says, “Honor one another above yourselves,” which means to put others’ needs above our own. For the most part, people have one-sided, selfish relationships. So many times we try to find what the other person can give us. We ask what can you give ME? How can you make ME happy? Instead of How can I pray for YOU? How can I serve YOU?

    The concept of “one anothering” is so simple yet seems so difficult for people to actually act upon.

  3. matt to the stine says:

    jared, so many scriptures say that if you are a christian you are dead to sin, you cant sin, you wont sin because no darkness is in you…simplify it? you cant sin and be a christian, grace is stupid and if you think you can live however you want you have not read the scriptures, you cant sin cause god said so a thousand times…sorry thats just what it says, stop whining

  4. matt to the stine says:

    also if you have have to choose faith or works, choose works because thats what the bible says to do, also you are justified by works, by what you do, sorry thats what the bible says…not faith…sorry poo face, also i like to sin its fun

  5. Jared says:


    I’m not sure why you’re commenting on what you’re commenting on, because most of what you’re saying, has nothing to do specifically with what I wrote about. I’m not trying to simplify the Scriptures; I was referring to the fact that I have 18 or so blogs.

    And I merely asked questions. I didn’t whine.

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