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.
- 1 John 4:20, New International Version
"O how I love Jesus!" we sing. Jesus responds by asking how well we are doing with loving our brothers and sisters! We can't love Jesus nor God if we can't love those around us.
Forgive me, dear Father, for the times I have harbored pettiness in my heart or been unforgiving to those who needed me to be gracious and merciful.
I recognize that when I am unloving to my brothers and sisters in Christ, I am unloving to you.
Please bless me as I work to reconcile some Christian relationships that have not gone well recently. Help these mended friendships to bring glory to you and vitality to your church. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
After Phil Ware.
Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling > Christelijke Overdenking: Zijn broeder haten