Over the last 2 weeks we have been working through chapter 3 and discovering first about how God has 'lavished' His love on us by laying down His life for us and making us His children! In response we are called to obedience! We saw over and over that we do not receive salvation through obedience, but John is very strong to suggest that obedience is the natural outcome of receiving the gift of New Life! The place where he emphasizes this more than anywhere else is in the context of our relationships with people around us. We cannot truly know and love Jesus and hold hatred in our hearts toward people around us! We are called to love others as He loved us! May it be so in our lives!!