Love and law in the Bible go together, and this is what John is saying here very clearly. If you despise the Law of God there will be no love in you. How can you say “I love my neighbor” or “I love my fellow being” in the Biblical sense if you do not keep God’s commandments? Love in the Christian life has very practical consequences. It means that we show towards everyone a patience, a kindliness, a readiness to help, to help even where they are undeserving because we were undeserving when God loved us and gave His only begotten Son to die for us.
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