10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister. 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 3:10-16, CEB)
Does this really make it clearer who is following God and who isn’t? I think it does.
If you don’t love a brother or a sister you are not practicing righteousness and therefore not of God. So if you think you are better than anyone else, that is not loving your siblings and makes you not from God.
If you believe you are more sacred or righteous than someone else for any reason, you are not from God.
We need to be ready to lay down our lives for our siblings, and if you aren’t you are not from God.
Love all people as God loves you.
Love People. Love God.