1 John 3:11 serves as the thesis statement for this next section. John’s audience already knows that they have been commanded to “love one another”. Here, John seeks to encourage others as to how that command is to be understood and practiced in our everyday lives. Verses 12-15 explain the contrast between love, hate and murder. Verses 16-28 provides a positive example of love (the cross) and explains what such love looks like in everyday terms. John wraps it up in verses 19-24 by discussing how we can have confidence despite our failures.