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Love in action

May 26, 2016

John 3 17

The Verse of the Day for May 26, 2016 comes from  John 3:17 (KJV). This verse, of course, follows John 3:16, one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible, and it precedes John 3:18 which further distinguishes between those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as savior and those who do not. Take a look at these three verses in the Amplified Bible:

John 3:16-18 (AMP):

16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.

17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.

18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him]

The book of I John chapter 3 also elaborates on the love of God in the corresponding verses:

1 John 3:16-18 (AMP):

 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].

These two sets of verses touch upon the subject of love as demonstrated as an action verb. In a previous entry we find the following anonymous statement:

“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 section of scripture in 1 John 3 reinforces this message. In fact, this section is identified as “Love in Action” in 1 John 3:16-18 in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). Here is verse 18:

18 Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.

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.

Leon Patillo offers a distinctive musical version of John 3:17:

 

John 3:16 and John 3:17

May 26, 2014

John 3 17

The Verse of the Day for May 26, 2014 is found in John 3:17 (KJV):

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:17, of course, follows John 3:16, one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible. Christianity Today reported that Bible Gateway visitors spent more than 76 million hours on BibleGateway.com in 2013. Of the 456 million visits and 1.5 billion page views, number one among the top 10 searches for Bible verses last year was 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.”

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,

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.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir offers the classic choral piece “God So Loved the World” which is based on John 3:16-17.