1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death.
If you love an absent person, you will love their picture. What is that the sailor's wife keeps so closely wrapped in a napkin, laid up in her best drawer among sweet smelling flowers? She takes it out morning and evening, and gazes at it through her tears. It is the picture of her absent husband. She loves it because it is like him. It has many imperfections, but still it is like him. Believers are the pictures of God in this world. The Spirit of Christ dwells in them. They walk as He walked. True, they are full of imperfections; still they are true copies. If you love Him, you will love them; you will make them your bosom friends.
(R. M. McCheyne.)
Parallel VersesKJV: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
WEB: We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. He who doesn't love his brother remains in death.