1 John 2:7-11 presents us with the incredible implications of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a Gospel that transforms a people into the image of the Savior. Here's the logic of our passage: Christ loved so that we could love, and when we love we demonstrate that we belong to Christ. The key to loving Christ's church is abiding in Christ. In Christ we have the power to love like our King. Remember, those who belong to the King are called (and empowered) to live like the King. When we love like the King in the community of the King's church, we announce to the world that we are disciples of Jesus (see John 13:35). There is no church without love. According to the New Testament, to love is to sacrificially pursue the good of others. This love is costly. It puts others first. It has the sanctification of one's fellow believers in mind. To hate is to disregard others, and to think solely about one's self. This attitude is at loggerheads with the Gospel. Our union with Christ (through faith) brings the Spirit into our lives, who moves us to love! May we be a church known for our radical love for one another. Amen.