1 John 3:11-12
For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
One time in Luke the ninth chapter, John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.” Jesus quickly answered John, “Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” The message from the beginning has always been the same, namely, that we should love one another. Loving one another is the true test of a disciple. The test is not whether they belong to my group or not and the test is not whether or not they see things as I do. The bottom line is, do we love one another?
John 13:35, By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
No wonder people have issues with the church. If someone leaves our fellowship, one of the first things that happens is they are attacked as turning their back on the truth or they are settling for something less. They must be degraded and pushed down in order to justify the fellowship they are separating from.
Jesus said, in so many words, leave them alone, if they are not against us, then they are for us.
They don’t have to belong to my group to still be on the same team as me. The message is simply, love one another. Jesus loves everyone and died for everyone, unconditionally. He died for those who love Him and He died for those who consider Him an enemy. When I attack a brother, I am a Cain attacking Abel because his sacrifice was accepted.
The message is the same as we have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. No qualifying conditions or stipulations. Simply love one another. That’s what Jesus did and that’s what He does.