Posts Tagged ‘Love


Let’s Love Each Other

In 1 John 4, the Apostle John is reminding his audience that God put the love He has for the world into action. He did not merely love with words. God put love into action when He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice that would take away our sins forever. So how do we respond to such love? We love others. John wrote:

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – 1 John 4:11 (NIV)

We receive the love of God and should share that kind of love with others. Jesus said to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. The key to being a follower of Jesus is to live a life of love. Love God and love people. We can get it so wrong thinking that being a follower of Christ is all about being right. Being a follower of Christ is all about love. We love God because He loves us and because He loves us, we love others. There is no better way to live.

Do You Really Know How To Love?

When it comes to love in the church, we can talk a pretty good game. We can say that we love God. We can say that we love our brothers and sisters in Christ. But do we really know what that means? The Apostle John wrote:

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

If we do not love our brothers and sisters in the church, then we do not know God. It is utterly impossible to truly know God and not love others because God is the very definition of love. God is the very source of love. Love has to be more than words. Love has to be put into action as well. If we do not love with actions, then we don’t truly know God because God not only says He loves the world, He proved His love for us by sending Jesus to take our punishment for our sins. In your relationships with your brothers and sisters, focus on how you can put love into action and not just give it lip service.

Love Comes From God

On the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He gave His disciples one last command. He told them to love one another. His disciple, John, took it to heart and wrote about it quite a bit. In his first letter, he said this:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 (NIV)

God is the source of love. We need to love one another in the church and when we do, we demonstrate that we belong to God and that we know God. Everything Jesus did was motivated by His love for the Father and His love for people. For followers of Jesus, we should have the same motivations. We can believe the right things and try to be on our best behavior, but if don’t love, we don’t know God. Without the love of God, we’re nothing.

The Vow Of Priority

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.


It’s Not So Complicated

What if being a Christian isn’t as hard as we make it? What if it is less complicated than we think it is? Listen to what John says:

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep 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. – 1 John 3:21-23 (NIV)

John boils it all down to faith and love. That’s it! Believe in Jesus and love one another. If we do these things, then we can approach God in confidence knowing that He has forgiven us and welcomes us into His presence. Not only that, but He will answer the prayers we pray according to His perfect will. Faith and love, my friends, are all you really need. Don’t let anyone complicate being a follower of Jesus more than is necessary. Believe in Jesus and love people and you’ll be on the right track.

More Than Words

It’s easy to tell someone that you love them, but much harder to show them that you love them. We can wish people well and tell them that we are going to pray for them when they are going through hard times, but are we willing to do something about their hard times? We’ve got to take the next step and put love into action. The Apostle John wrote:

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:18 (NIV)

We’ve got to show love and not just talk about it. Love has to be more than empty words from the lips of God’s people. Is love that is not demonstrated really love? We can talk a good game about loving our brothers and sisters in Christ, but what are we doing to prove that we love them? If we’re not willing to do something to show love to people, then we don’t really love them. Love is more than an emotion. Love is action.

It’s Not Our Stuff

True love is love in action, not just empty words. In the church, we need this kind of love for one another. We need the kind of love that reaches out to people in their times of need instead of just hoarding our stuff all to ourselves. John wrote:

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? – 1 John 3:17 (NIV)

If we don’t love and care for one another with compassion in the church, have we really experienced the love of God? After all, God’s love is an action kind of love. He has blessed us with the things that we have as far as material possessions are concerned. He saw our greatest need and sent Jesus to bring forgiveness. He has blessed us with material possessions on top of that, too! The stuff we have is not our stuff to begin with. Our stuff was given to us by God for the purpose of blessing others. The action love of God is not in us if we don’t use our blessings to put love for others into action.

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