Love In Action

Read 1 John 4:11-12.

11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Love is often used as a noun and defined of as a feeling of deep affection or concern for another person. While deep feeling is often associated with love, it seems the author of today’s scripture has more than feelings in mind as he speaks of love. John says that others will know that we are followers of Jesus if we love each other. Those watching us are not able to easily observe our feelings, but they can observe actions which result from feelings. Similarly, others observe God’s love as they see us authentically loving one another. For love to be genuinely meaningful and clearly observable to those around us, love must become an action. When we love others through our actions, those around us will see God living in us and will witness and experience God’s perfect and complete love. Use your actions today to let others know that God loves them!

See also John 13:34-35.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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