Monday December 4, 2017 – What Love Really Is
Ezekiel 47-48 1 John 3
Much is said, published and promoted about love, but the picture of love that God gave to us is much more extreme. Love as demonstrated by Jesus Christ meant laying down his life for ours. John says it well in 1 John 3, 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.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
I love the comment that this is not about what you say versus what you actually do. Love requires action and the action that we are commanded here is to love others as Christ loved us.