Posts Tagged ‘John 3:16’

Real love: Perfected love

April 6, 2018

The Verse of the Day for April 6, 2018 presents a “lovely” word of encouragement regarding “real love” found in 1 John 3:16 in the New Living Translation:

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.

To understand more fully the depth of  “real love,” let us take a look at verses 16-20:

1 John 3:16-20:

16 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. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

This passage on the love of God also brings 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. Another statement reiterates the same point: “Love is a verb. Without action it is merely a word.”

In talking about 1 John 3:16, many connect the verse with one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible, John 3:16 rendered here in the King James Version:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This popular verse also reveals that “real love” must be demonstrated with actions and not merely words alone.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, gives us these memorable lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II:

“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 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 widely recognized verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

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.

1 John 2:5 in the Amplified Bible reinforces this message:

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him

1 John 4:12 puts it this way:

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.

This poem speaks of the perfect love of God being perfected in us:

 Perfected Love

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another,

God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:12

Jehovah, creator, author and finisher,

Who initiates to nourish perfected love;

Ever-abiding source and resource, publisher

Of declarations of genuine love to move

The soul of man to return to the place of his first

Love, the Beloved, whose heart overflows to give,

For only this passion can satisfy our thirst,

As you refresh us and teach us how we should live.

You have pledged your love through a sacred covenant.

If we maintain your vows of love, you will sustain

Our souls and feed us so that we shall never want.

You will shower with mercy as the gentle rain

And will bless and multiply the fruit of our land

With grain, wine, and oil supplied by your gracious right hand.

To conclude Leeland sings of God’s “Perfect Love”:

Real love is showing and telling

February 26, 2018

The Verse of the Day for February 26, 2018 continues to focus on the love of God and comes from 1 John 4:9 (NIV):

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

To round out our discussion, we add verse 10 in the New Living Translation:
1 John 4:9-10 (NLT):

9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Verse 9 also brings to mind one of the most often quoted verses whereby God “showed how much he loved us”: 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.

A parallel verse expressing the same truth comes from 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.

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.

As the supreme giver, God practices the very principles He implements. As a liberal giver par excellence, our Father gives, withholding nothing. Without question, He is generous and extravagant in His giving. As the supreme expression of giving, God applies and benefits from those principles. Jesus Christ teaches this foundational principle in Luke 6:38:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together,and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

The essence of this principle is poetically expressed in this excerpt opening with a poem by John Oxenham, followed by an original stanza:

Love ever lives,
Outlives, forgives,
And while it stands
With open hands, it lives.
For this is love’s prerogative:
To give and give and give.

He who lives and never gives,
May live for years and never live.
But he who lives and lives to give
Shall live for years and years and years
With more to give and give and give.

Giving is a demonstration or manifestation of love. It has been said that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Whenever we think of love and its connection with giving, we think of God who always demonstrates or manifests His love.

The Verse of the Day and related verses cause us to think of the teaching method “Show and Tell.” Often used in teaching young children, this classroom exercise involves bringing an item to class and talking about it through a public display or demonstration. So it is with the love of God. Our gracious Heavenly Father not only tells us that He loves us, but He continually shows us just how much He loves us.

We close with this scripture video encompassing 1 John 4:7-16, from which the Verse of the Day is taken:

The love of God prevails every day

February 15, 2018

On the day after Valentine’s Day, love still prevails, as the Verse of the Day for February 15, 2018 continues to focus on love:

1 John 4:10 (NIV):

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

With love, as with any other emotion, there must be a demonstration or manifestation whereby one knows the reality of the emotion in question. We speak of the love of God in manifestation which is so clearly demonstrated in one of the most widely recognized verses in the Bible, John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It has been said that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Indeed, all love is giving. The essence of love as defined by giving is also seen in this poem by John Oxenham:

Love ever lives, outlives, forgives,
And while it stands with open hands it lives.
For this is love’s prerogative:
To give and give and give

As believers, once we recognize the absolute depth of love expressed in the atoning sacrifice of God’s only begotten son, we realize just how much we are indebted to our gracious Heavenly Father:

This Debt of Love

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8[NKJV]

What can you give when all you have is not enough
And when you have exhausted all your resources
And you still come up short as you assess the worth
Of the precious love so freely given to you?
When the last dram of oil from your vial has been poured
As a sacrifice and you have no more to givek
But still feel this unction to offer all the more,
What more can you say beyond a feeble thank you
When words cannot convey all you desire to say.
Though you try to show Him as you follow His ways,
You still stumble from time to time and miss the mark,
But He looks beyond your faults and sees your intent.
As you live your life to serve, you will come to see
This debt of love so great that no one can repay.

We close with a scripture video of 1 John 4:7-16 to remind us again of the love of God:

We know what real love is

April 6, 2017

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.

John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16

February 13, 2017

john-3-16-new

Within the past few years, John 3:16, the Verse of the Day for February 13, 2017, has been among the most often quoted verses in the Bible. The celebrated verse has been displayed on bumper stickers, tee shirts, and other apparel, posters, coffee mugs, and even athlete’s eye paint. In 2014 Christianity Today reported Bible Gateway visitors spent more than 76 million hours on BibleGateway.com in the previous year. Of the 456 million visits and 1.5 billion page views, number one among the top 10 searches for Bible verses was John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, gives us these memorable lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II:

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 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 widely recognized verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

The book of I John also elaborates on the love of God in the corresponding verse:

1 John 3:16

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.

I recently came across 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. Another statement reiterates the same point: “Love is a verb. Without action it is merely a word.”

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.

Fred Hammond offers this musical expression of one of the most recognized verses in the Bible:  John 3:16 (Live):

So good, so ready, so full of love

January 31, 2017

Psalm 86-5

The Verse of the Day for January 31, 2017 offers a remarkable declaration of who God is and what He is willing to do:

Psalm 86:5 (NLT)

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

As we take a closer look at the verse, we see that God is “so good,” “so ready,” and “so full of love. . .”

O Lord, you are so good…

Book of Ezra notes that when the builders completed the foundation for the Temple, the priests and the people celebrated:

Ezra 6:11

11 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord:

“He is so good!
His faithful love for Israel endures forever!”

Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid.

So ready to forgive. . .

1 John 1:9 reminds us of this truth:

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

The Psalmist also declares:

Psalm 103:2-3

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,

So full of unfailing love. . .

Deuteronomy 7:9 (NLT) reveals the extent of God’s faithfulness and love:

Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.

John 3:16, one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible, makes known that God did not just love, but He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have everlasting life.

So

Used as an adverb three times in the Verse of the Day, “so” is a little word of great importance. It expresses the degree or the extent of the adjective that it modifies: “So” is also part of the expression “Amen.” The Hebrew word used for amen in the Old Testament is “ei men” and means “so be it, verily, true,” or “truly” (literally “truth”). In the New Testament the expression is transliterated from the Greek word “amen” and is said to be a declaration of affirmation of what was just spoken or written. “So it is” or “truly” and even “true” and “yes”; so be it—thus shall it most surely be, it is so.

Psalm 41:13 is says, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.” When repeated the statement spoken or written is established.

The last word used in the Bible, “Amen”, indicates that God has the last “say so”, for the Lord God Almighty, the creator of the ends of the Earth, affirms and confirms all that He has spoken—Amen—it is so!

We conclude with Casting Crowns offering this call to worship based on Psalm 86: The Voice of Truth:

He who spared not his own son

August 22, 2016

Romans_8-32

From Romans 8:32 in the Message Bible comes the Verse of the Day for August 22, 2016:

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

The verse is rendered this way in the King James Version:

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

The celebrated passage from Romans 8 also brings to mind that God is the ultimate “Giver.”

As the supreme giver, God practices the very principles that He implements.  As a liberal giver par excellence, our Father gives, withholding nothing.  Without question, He is generous and extravagant in His giving. As the supreme expression of giving, God applies the very principles that He establishes.  Jesus Christ teaches this foundational principle in Luke 6:38:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

The essence of this principle is poetically expressed in this excerpt opening with a poem by John Oxenham, followed by an original stanza:

 Love ever lives,

Outlives, forgives,

And while it stands

With open hands, it lives.

For this is love’s prerogative:

To give and give and give.

 

He who lives and never gives,

May live for years and never live.

But he who lives and lives to give

Shall live for years and years and years

With more to give and give and give.

Giving is a demonstration or manifestation of love. It has been said that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Whenever we think of love and its connection with giving, we think of God who demonstrated or manifested His love as revealed in one of the most quoted Bible verses of all time: John 3:16:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This verse relates to Romans 8:32-34, a section that lets believers know that with God there is no accusation in that we also ask, “If God is willing to give the greater, would He withhold the lesser?” Here is our response:

Romans 8:32-34 (Message):

If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.

Even though the adversary of souls, the accuser of the brethren, brings railing accusations against us day and night, Jesus Christ, our advocate, intercedes for us. As such, he is the consummate expression of love that the Verse of the Day speaks of so clearly.

Here is a musical rendering of Romans 8:32:

Love of God: in word, in deed, in truth

April 6, 2016

1-John-3-Verse-16

The Verse of the Day for April 6, 2016 directs our attention to the Book of I John that elaborates on the love of God expressed in 1 John 3:16. Furthermore, when we look at the two verses that follow, we find a lovely three-layer dessert where the love of God is the essential ingredient:

1 John 3: 16-18 (Amplified Bible):

16 By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers.

17 But whoever has the world’s goods (adequate resources), and sees his brother in need, but has no compassion for him, how does the love of God live in him?

18 Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].

The following comments are excerpts from blog entries related to this passage:

Recently I came across 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. Another statement reiterates the same point: “Love is a verb. Without action it is merely a word.”

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.

Verse 18 of 1 John 3 (NIV) further reminds us,

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

This verse brings to mind the common expression: “Actions speak louder than words.” This phrase is particularly noteworthy in light of recent discussions regarding the love of God, as reflected in two principal relationships in all of life: we are commanded to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

When it comes to loving God, there must be a demonstration of our love for Him beyond mere rhetoric, as the poem “The World’s Bible “by J. E. Hamilton reveals:

Christ has no hands but our hands
to do His work today.
He has no feet but our feet
to lead men in His way;

He has no tongue but our tongues
To tell men how He died,
He has no help but our help
To bring them to His side.

We are the only Bible
The careless world will read,
We are the sinner’s gospel,
We are the scoffers’ creed;

We are the Lord’s last message
Given in deed and word,
What if the type is crooked?
What if the print is blurred?

What if our hands are busy
With other things than His?
What if our feet are walking
Where sin’s allurement is?

What if our tongues are speaking
Of things His life would spurn,
How can we hope to help Him
And welcome His return

A recent blog entry spoke of the love of God being “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. We speak of the love of God in manifestation, clearly demonstrated in one of the most widely recognized verses in the Bible that corresponds with 1 John 3:16, and that is John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, offers these memorable lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II:

“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 demonstration or manifestation to express the reality of that powerful emotion.

The closing verse of the passage reminds us to love God and one another “in word, in deed, and in truth.”

Dimitri Carver offers an upbeat musical version of 1 John 3:18:

Actions speak louder than words

February 27, 2016

1 John 3--18

The Verse of the Day for February 27, 2016 once again draws our attention to the verb “to love”:
Originally posted a year ago, today’s blog entry has been modified and re-posted below:

1 John 3:18 (NIV):

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

The designation of “children” or “dear children” is used 15 times in 1 John. The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:

1 John 3:18 (AMP)

Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].

This translation brings to mind the common expression: “Actions speak louder than words.” This phrase is particularly noteworthy in light of recent discussions regarding the love of God, for love is the foundational principle upon which all relationships are built. God commands us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Book of 1 John emphasizes the importance of love, for God is love. If we say that we love God, we ought also to love another. Recall the words of Jesus Christ: “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love toward one another.”

Love is where it begins, and love is where it ends. Also remember that the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. Each day we must

Decide to demonstrate, freely give and practice love:
The first thread whereby we must launch all relationships
And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

When it comes to loving God and loving one another, there must be a demonstration of our love for Him beyond mere rhetoric, as the poem “The World’s Bible “by J. E. Hamilton reveals:

Christ has no hands but our hands
to do His work today.
He has no feet but our feet
to lead men in His way;

He has no tongue but our tongues
To tell men how He died,
He has no help but our help
To bring them to His side.

We are the only Bible
The careless world will read,
We are the sinner’s gospel,
We are the scoffers’ creed;

We are the Lord’s last message
Given in deed and word,
What if the type is crooked?
What if the print is blurred?

What if our hands are busy
With other things than His?
What if our feet are walking
Where sin’s allurement is?

What if our tongues are speaking
Of things His life would spurn,
How can we hope to help Him
And welcome His Return?

A recent blog entry spoke of the love of God being “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. We speak of the love of God in manifestation, so clearly demonstrated in one of the most widely recognized verses in the Bible, John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, gives us these memorable lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II:

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 demonstration or manifestation to express the reality of that powerful emotion.

I recently came across 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. Every day should be “show and tell.” Another statement reiterates the same point: “Love is a verb. Without action it is merely a word.”

The Verse of the Day reminds us to love God and one another expressed in the closing lines of “A Single Image”:

there is
no fear
in love
so why
should we

we are His
He is one
so are we

one
plus
one
makes
one
in
word
in
deed
in
truth

Dimitri Caver offers an upbeat musical version of 1 John 3:18:

John 3:16: Love is a verb

February 13, 2016

John-3-16

Modified and re-posted below are comments posted a year ago;

Although John 3:16 was not among the top 10 Bible verses most widely shared or remembered in 2015, it still topped the list of verses that the world sought out in 2014, according to a report released by Bible Gateway based on 1.5 billion page-views by 150 million unique visitors. The Verse of the Day for February 13, 2016 remains one of the most recognized and memorized verses for millions of believers around the world.

John 3:16 (KJV):

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, gives us these memorable lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II:

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.”

Recall also the memorable lines regarding love from John Oxenham:

Love ever gives, forgives, outlives,

And ever stands with open hands.

And while it lives it gives.

For this is love’s prerogative,

To give, and give, and give.

It has also been said that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

These comments also remind us that with love, there must be a demonstration or manifestation to express the reality of that powerful emotion. We speak of the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation which is so clearly demonstrated in one of the most widely recognized verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

The book of I John also elaborates on the love of God in the corresponding verse:

1 John 3:16:

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.

Recent blog entries centered on the theme of love mentioned that some kind of demonstration should accompany love when the word is used as an action word: “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. Another statement reiterates the same point: “Love is a verb. Without action it is merely a word.”

Verse 18 of 1 John 3 further reminds us,

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.

Hillsong provide this memorable, musical expression of John 3:16: “God so loved the world.”