1 John 4:7-8 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 2:9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.10-Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11-But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
1 John 4:19-21 We love because he first loved us. If 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. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other.
This verse isn't just talking about believers loving believers, but about loving everyone. We've got to make it a point in our live and follow Jesus' commandments on loving everyone. We have to love them into heaven.So focus on loving that friend who doesn't know Jesus. He or She needs that love, because it's absent in their lives. All over the world people are longing for love, and you have the opportunity to show them what it looks like. Seize that opportunity!I John 4:1 NIV- says:
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Believers should test the spirits behind a person’s action to see if the action brings glory to God.
People often do not come to God and receive salvation because they are afraid their sins will be exposed and they are afraid they will be judged (see John 3:19-21). They do not understand that God is full of grace and mercy and that it pleases Him when men confess their wrongs. Christians should also be full of grace and mercy, but this is not always the case. It is a shameful and sad situation when church people treat others like they are trash because of something they did or because of an unjustified judgment. God knows about these situations and He will hold the slanderers, unmerciful, and graceless accountable.