The Contrasts of Love and Hate
I John 3:11-18 KJV For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
- INTRODUCTION - AUTHENTIC SAINTS
Throughout this whole epistle of 1st John, John is constantly reiterating to the reader what a real saint of God is. Those who are genuine are presented here in a very clear way. It cannot be summed up any more clearly than in the preceding verses leading up to our current text. 1 John 3:4-10 provides some very simple characteristics of who a saint of God really is:
- 3:7 - One who practices righteousness is a saint of God.
- 3:8 - One who practices sin is clearly marked as a sinner.
- 3:9 - A saint is one who will not practice sin.
- 3:10 - A person who does not practice righteousness is a sinner.