13 By this we know we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. 15 God abides in those who confess Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
The above scripture speaks of Love and the importance of abiding in love so we may abide in God. All too often we Christians forget the most important teaching. Remember, Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” and “Love one another as I have loved you.” This is central to the Christian Faith yet so many of us somehow manage to read into this we are allowed to choose who we love. Clearly, neither Jesus or John say anything about “choosing” who we love. We are to love everyone, that is ALL people. And, as the old saying goes, ALL means ALL. 1 John says, “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers and sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” I will add to that, “If you say to yourself, ‘No worries. I don’t hate anyone I just don’t like certain people because of their race, creed, color, religion, or whatever,’ then you still are not one who loves God. Why? Because those you “don’t like” are ALL children of God. And those who love God MUST love their brothers and sisters also.