Love is so important in today’s society. Many people (saved or unsaved) say that we should love one another, and that we should be kind one to another. This is the norm for society and the culture in which we love. God speaks of love throughout the Bible. After all, He is love. It is not just what He does, it is who He is. “God is love.” The famous verse in Scripture, John 3:16 says, “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 is a different kind of love that the world thinks that they need and to demonstrate. God’s love is an Agape form of the word, love. This word simply means sacrificial. This is the kind of love that He demands that we have to each other and to the entire world.
The book of I John uses the word, love, over 30 times. In chapter 3, we see several thoughts about the love that we should have in us and flow through us:
- Love is a sign of our faith– Verse 14 says, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love our brothers.” He says in verse 19 that we know the truth, because of our love. The way that you love one another is a reflection of what love (Jesus) has done in you. How is your love? If it is not good, it is a reflection of your faith…..or lack of.
- Love should be shown in action– Verse 18 of I John 3 says, “Little children we must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth.” It is action. Jesus loved us so much that He gave. Romans 5 says, “But God demonstrated His love…” If He demonstrates His love to us, then, why can we not demonstrate our love to others? True love should be shown in our actions.
- Love is the way to a pure heart– Verse 19 says, “assure our hearts before Him.” This is speaking of our conscience and the cleanliness of our hearts. The way to maintain a clear heart before God is by loving one another. If you are loving Jesus the right way, your love for others will be a reflection of that.
How is your love? We live in a day where everyone is craving love. Love is action, and ultimately is a reflection of your heart.