Love in Action


Many Christians today judge the integrity of a person’s faith by what they say they believe about God and (perhaps more often) about political and social issues.  Unfortunately, this often leaves action in the dust.  Today we see that the true test of faith is love in action…

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.
1John 3:16-18

The example for us is Jesus.  He didn’t preach platitudes and look down his nose at others.  Jesus preached God’s love and righteousness and peace and he lived it. Jesus laid down his life for us when he was not obligated to do so and we were not entitled to receive such a gift.

John encourages us to be like-minded.  Paul encourages the same in Philippians 2.  In humility, we can follow Jesus by laying down our lives.  In practical terms, John gives the example of generosity toward brothers and sisters in need.  If we are generous toward others, John says, we should question whether the love of God is in us.

How about that?  Many Christians today judge the integrity of a person’s faith by what they say they believe about God and (perhaps more often) about political and social issues.  Unfortunately, this often leaves action in the dust.  They will know us by our love.

And how do we love?  Not with words or speech, but with actions and in truth…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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