If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:20-21)
One of the things I admire about the Apostle John is his directness. Many of us claim to love our faith, love God, love the Church, etc…but don’t like people who get on our nerves or boss us around, those who don’t take their faith seriously or those who have hurt us.
If we really love God, we must love everyone with no exceptions. Is it always easy? No way! However, the Lord doesn’t expect us to do it alone. Ask for His help and He won’t let you down. If we claim to love God, let’s make sure we’re telling the truth!