1 John 3:16-18: This is how we know what love is

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  1 John 3:16-18

Jesus demonstrated what love truly is in giving His life for us.  He willingly and sacrificially laid down His life.  He was hated, abused, mistreated, spit on, and all the while as He hung upon the cross He loved those who hated Him.  He cried out at the end “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.  We should have the same attitude.  We should love our fellow brothers and sisters because Christ first loved us.  As we abide in Him, His love fills our hearts and our lives.

If we have been blessed by the Lord it is for a reason.  If we see a fellow brother and sister in need we should meet that need if the Lord has enabled us.  To claim to love God will require that we love one another.  Love is not simply a concept, it is an action that is taken.

To love with simply words is meaningless.  We may claim we love God and we may claim we love others, but if action fails to back it up, it is meaningless.  Love requires action.  If we are truly children of God and we truly walk with Jesus Christ, then in all that we do we should do all things in love.

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