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The IVP New Testament Commentary Series – Hearing the Message (3:14-15)
Hearing the Message (3:14-15)

The Johannine Christians can be assured of their relationship with God by their continuing love for each other. Love for each other shows that we have passed from death to life, because it shows that we have experienced God's love for us, and un derstood the character of God. Love also shows that we are following the model of Jesus' own self-giving love and living in obedience to Jesus' commands. Love is an expression of the transforming power of God at work in us and in the church. And just as love for others is the expression of knowledge of the God who is love (4:16), so hate expresses the death and darkness that come from lack of knowledge of God.

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