“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
John was one of Jesus’ disciples. 1, 2 and 3 John were written by John to no particular church but sent out broadly to believers everywhere.
John wrote 1 John to assure the believers of God’s love for them. God loves them like little children.
John emphasized in chapter 3 about how love acts. He first explained how the hatred of the devil and the world do only wickedness toward one another.
In 1 John 3:16 John contrasts this with how the love of Jesus drove Him to sacrifice His life for us. That is how God’s children are to act and love one another.
Now you know the story behind 1 John 3:16.
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