Sacrificial love is the hallmark of Christian thought and behavior. To say that you know Jesus as your savior and to live in the darkness of hate is to give evidence that you are not walking in the light of Christ’s love. We know from 1 John 2 that the sacrifice of Jesus’ life is the covering that turns away the wrath of God toward our sin. We also read that in Jesus, we have an advocate with the Father. He doesn’t just simply cover our sin, but He sent His Spirit to live within us to cause us to desire more and more to keep His commandments. This faith in Christ leads us to love others with the same love that we have received from the Father. Our love for others authenticates the faith we have in Jesus.