1 John 3:14…”We know that we have passed from death to life if we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” Christian love is marked by a concern for the spiritual well-being of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We display that love particularly in the context of a local church through encouragement and by holding each other accountable to God’s word. This is very difficult because of our unbelief, pride, and selfishness. However, a clear understanding of the gospel allows us to see how much we’ve offended God, and how much mercy He’s extended us in Christ, thus giving us perspective on the offenses of others.