11 This is the message that you heard from the beginning: love each other. 12 Don’t behave like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he kill him? He killed him because his own works were evil, but the works of his brother were righteous. 13 Don’t be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have transferred from death to life, because we love the brothers and sisters. The person who does not love remains in death.15 Everyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that murderers don’t have eternal life residing in them. 16 This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:11-16, CEB)
Love each other. Seems pretty simple. But obviously it isn’t and hasn’t been for a really long time.
The author of 1 John brings up the offspring of Adam and Eve as an example of how not to love someone. This is an issue that has always plagued the human race.
To love another when they do things that are not helpful or even hurtful to us is not in our nature. But isn’t that what God did for us?
Even when God could not be around because of our sinfulness, God still loved us.
So love the people around you, like God loves you. Faults and all!