1 John 4:7-8 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

Hatred and malice have no place in our hearts, for we are commanded to love. There are no exceptions to this rule; we are to love all as Jesus loved all. There should not be any conditions on our love either. Our love should be free to all regardless of the circumstances. This abundant, freely-given, Christ-like love is the true mark of a born-again child of God.

No matter past history or present temperament, love the people around you. Put away any animosity or treasured grudges out of your heart and ask the Lord to replace it with His love. And, knowing His love and knowing Him, you will not be able to keep from sharing His love with those around you.

Further Reading – 1 John 3:11 – For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.