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“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:16-18 NLT
These verses are all about love and giving. Throughout the Bible these two things seem to go hand in hand, mention love and you very quickly mention giving.
For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE (John 3:16)
Jesus paid the ultimate price for us when He gave up His own life and died on the cross.
Recently I have been in awe of how much God gives to His children simply because He loves us! He is such a good God!
But the writer of these verses doesn’t let me leave it there, just amazed and thankful. They tell me to give up my life for those around me! Not just to say I love them, but to follow Jesus’ example and show it by my actions.
When I think of practical loving acts I think of giving lifts to people, cooking meals for those that are sick, giving money where I have more than the person in need, mowing the lawn for the busy neighbour, or looking after someone’s kids to give them a break.
As I endeavour to say yes to help people where I can I am aware there is so much more I could be doing.
I want to take my loving a step further than responding, I want to live in the realm of proactive love!
If I know someone doesn’t have a car do I wait for them to ask for a lift or do I go out of my way to offer to pick them up?
If I’m making a meal for someone do I drop off some extra groceries to help them further?
When someone gossips about another person do I just walk away so I’m not joining in, or do I put a stop to it and speak well of that person?
Loving those around us the way Jesus did doesn’t have to mean dying on a cross, it doesn’t have to be complicated, it just means simply and practically doing for them what you’d like to be done for yourself, and then going a little further than that!
This week I am going to seek out opportunities to love on others, not just waiting to be asked, but freely giving what I have!
Will you join me in “showing the truth by our actions” this week?