We know what real love is

1 John 3--16

The Verse of the Day for April 6, 2017 speaks of the love that God has for all of His creation, a love that is so clearly demonstrated during this time of the year:

1 John 3:16 (NLT)

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

In thinking about the concept of love, the lyrics to a song from The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, come to mind:

 “A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.”

The last line reminds us that with love, there must be a corresponding demonstration or manifestation to express the reality of that powerful emotion. We speak of the love of God in manifestation which is so clearly demonstrated in one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible John 3:16 (NLT):

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Both John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16 bring to mind this anonymous quote: “Love is a verb. Love is doing, saying, showing. Never think just saying you love someone is enough.” There must be corresponding action to show that we love.

Elsewhere in the Gospel of John we find a similar exhortations to follow Jesus Christ’s example of walking in love:

John 5: 9 (Holman Standard Christian Bible):

[Christ-like Love] “As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love.

Likewise, Ephesians 5:1-2 also encourages believers to demonstrate love:

5 Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

Verse 18 of 1 John 3 further reminds us,

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

The love of God is “perfected” or made complete or brought to maturity in us when we walk in the steps of Jesus Christ, the ultimate example of perfect love.  We must do more than think about love or talk about love; we must demonstrate love by what we do, just as God did in offering His son as a demonstration that He so loved the world.

We conclude our comments with this video inspired by 1 John 3:18 that speaks of about love being action and not merely words.

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