By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness– the one who does not love his fellow Christian– is not of God.Fo r this is the gospel message that you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another,not like Cain who was of the evil one and brutally murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, but his brother’s were righteous.Therefore do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death.
The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common.With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all.For there was no one needy among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling them and bringing the proceeds from the salesand placing them at the apostles’ feet. The proceeds were distributed to each, as anyone had need.
So there were quarrels between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen.( Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.)Abram said to Lot,“ Let there be no quarreling between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives.
Now many miraculous signs and wonders came about among the people through the hands of the apostles. By common consent they were all meeting together in Solomon’s Portico.None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high honor.More and more believers in the Lord were added to their number, crowds of both men and women.