The Fundamental Command: Love One Another (2:7-11)

To answer the question, What does God want of us? on John's terms, we also have to answer the question, What do we owe each other? Although response to God is a personal matter, it is not merely a private or internal matter. Jesus made this explicit in talking about the obligation of love that we owe to each other in obedience to his command. Jesus does not require from us what he does not already manifest in his own person and life. In fact his sacrificial death both provides the example of love as well as creates the community in which we are to love one another.

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