Chapter Three begins as a continuation of Chapter Two and is all bout the Children of God. Note verse 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
From there John immediately launches into our text for today and the theme for verses 11-24 is ‘Love One Another.’ This message the John speaks of can be none other than the Gospel Good News, but who is the “other we should be loving?
A first read v.10 above, it is clear brothers (and sisters) in Christ. This would also fall into place with Christ’s command in John 13:34-35. Yet I would argue, when we take in the Whole Counsel of God; we can not neglect when Jesus spoke these words Matthew 22:36-40John 13:34-35 “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
So who should we love? For sure our church family, our brothers in sisters in Christ, but also that person who got a licence in a Cracker Jacks® box and cuts you off for the last parking space you have been diligently waiting for. The person next door who never seems to clean up their yard and all their leaves end up in yours. The person whose political beliefs are so diametrically opposed to your own, you think they are from another world. They are all our neighbors and need God’s love through His people.