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Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”


Whoever hates his brother is a murderer,

The word “whoever” here refers to Christians, carnal Christians.  A Christian can murder and even a fellow Christian at that, according to this verse.  Note John’s use of “brother” in this phrase. 

1 Pe 4:15, “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.”

The word “murderer” is literally manslayer.  Murder is the full expression of hatred (Mt 5:21-22).  The only other occurrence of this word is in John 8:44, where Jesus used it of the Devil. 

Hatred is the mental equivalent of murder.  Protracted hatred moves to murder, to get rid of the object hated.  Hatred is the inevitable precursor to murder. 


The Christian who hates his brother commits a form of mental murderer. 


Some Christians feel that if they refrain from physically murdering people they hate, they do just fine.  The biblical view is that if you hate, you are in the same class as a murderer.  I wonder how many murderers will sit in your church this Sunday. 

People in church look wonderful, but they may not look so wonderful if we could read their minds.  However, God does read our minds.  There has never been a thought that God did not read, yet He loves us with infinite love.  Amazingly, He loves us after knowing everything about what we do and think.

God does not love us because we gain brownie points with Him; He loves us out of His own character.  God does not love us because we give to the church or because we share our faith.  It is not what I do; it is what Jesus did that impresses God. 

Some Christians are very implacable.  These types are very miserable people to be around.  Their rigidity tries to make everyone around them conform to their viewpoint and will.  This is not love but selfishness.  Fellow Christians catch on to this attitude very quickly. 

Implacable people may appear to have a very nice personality, but others will bypass them.  It is one of the most miserable things in the world to be around an implacable person.  Their pseudo spirituality cannot cover this sin.  They cannot fake spirituality very long.