A Raging River of Love

11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

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. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. – 1 John 3:11-24 (NIV)

In the 2nd half of 1 John 3, John finally reveals what this new command is that he had told them about: love one another.  This whole passage is about how we treat each other in the church.  1 John 3:16 gives us the very definition of love: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  He sacrificed Himself on a Roman cross.  Why?  Because He loved us!  Not just us, but the entire world.  Since Jesus gave Himself for us, we need to give ourselves for one another in the church.  We should sacrifice for each other.  We should encourage each other.  We should weep with each other when we weep.  We should rejoice with each other when we celebrate.  We should forgive each other.  We should hold each other accountable.  We should love each other “deeply from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22, NIV).  If we do not love each other unconditionally, how can we say that God’s love is in us?  God’s love for us is unconditional.  His love is a love that overflows abundantly into our lives and should spill over to everyone we know.  His love is a raging river that flows to His people and should be a deluge of acceptance, forgiveness, encouragement and compassion by His people for one another.  My challenge for you this weekend is to think of some way that you can tangibly express God’s love for a brother or sister in Christ.  How can you demonstrate God’s love to a fellow believer?  John says to not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.  Don’t tell someone that you love them, show them that you love them.



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