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Reading: 1st John 3: 16-18

Verse Eighteen: “Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth”.

Already in the early days of the church John was seeing a struggle between the words Christians said and claimed and the actions that they were living out. In the first chapter of 1st John, he encourages the followers of Christ to walk in the light. Walking is an active verb – John wanted them to walk in the faith or to have an active faith. He continues this encouragement in chapter two and then turns to warnings against loving the world and being led astray by false teachings. In chapter three John turns to our call as children of God and how to live righteous lives. It is within this chapter that our passage today lies.

For John and for the church today, we cannot separate the idea of being a Christian from the idea of love. The two cannot be separated. Jesus was all about loving others and that is one of Jesus’ primary directives to His followers. In most churches, we do this very well with each other. Yes, we will disagree now and then, but by and large the folks in our churches love one another well. Those John was addressing must have done this well too. The challenge comes in loving those outside the walls of our churches, those who are different, those who struggle with sin or hardships in their lives.

John was challenging the church to love those in need in a time when persecution was high. We are challenged today in a time when it is pretty safe to be a Christian. Yet we too struggle to always help those who cannot help themselves and to offer self-sacrificing love that goes out and meets people’s needs where they are at. John wrote, “Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth”. Don’t say you love your neighbors but actually go out and love them. Don’t see injustice and do nothing about it. Don’t see the hungry without feeding them, the naked without clothing them, the lonely without visiting them…

There is much need and brokenness in our world. There is much love in our hearts. May the two meet not only in our thoughts and words but out there in the real world too. May we each be a part of making this happen today.

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2 thoughts on “Action

  1. OUR LOVE FOR OUR MIRROWS THE CONDITION OF OUR HEART. 🙂
    Believers are called to walk in the truth.
    THEY PROMOTE THE TRUTH BY PERSONAL FAITHFULNESS , BY LOVE FOR FELLOW SAINTS, AND BY AVOIDING FALSE TEACHERS.
    “”O SEND OUT THY LIGHT AND THY TRUTH, LET LEAD ME, LET THEM BRING ME UNTO THY HOLY HILL, AND TO THY TABERNACLE PSALM 43 V 3.

    I WILL SING YOU A SONG OF THE BEAUTIFUL LAND, THE FAR AWAY
    HOME OF THE SOUL, WHERE NO STORMS EVER BEAT ON THE GLITTERING
    STRAND , WHILE YEARS OF ETERNITY ROLL,
    WHILE THE YEARS OF ETERNITY ROLL,

    WHERE NO STORM S EVER BEAT ON THE GLITTERING STRAND,
    WHILE THE YEARS OF ETERNITY ROLL.

    🙂 IN A SWIFTLY FLASHING MOMENT , IN THE TWINKLING OF A EYE, IS THE HOPE OF GLORY.
    AMEN 🙂

  2. IN , 1JOHN CHAPTER 3 BEHOLD WHAT MANNER OF LOVE THE FATHER HAS BESTOWED UPON US THAT WE SHOULD BE CALLED THE SONS OF GOD. . 🙂 THEREFORE THE WORLD KNOWETH US NOT, BECAUSE IT KNEW HIM (CHRIST) NOT.. CHAPTER 3 AND 4, SO POWERFULL ON LOVE. 🙂 AMEN .

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