Love in Deed

March 23, 2020

Read 1 John 3


“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) Often in churches we love people easily with words, but we don’t show that love in actions. It is easy to say that we love someone, but the word “love” needs to be demonstrated. We know that “God so loved the world,” but God didn’t leave it as a doctrine in a textbook.


“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ) The word commend means “to set with, to place with”. God is love and God loves this world, but that wasn’t enough. The world would go to hell for eternity even if God loved them. God’s love was demonstrated in an action. That action sent His only begotten Son to the cross to die for the ones He loved. He demonstrated how much He loved us.


Jesus told His disciples, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) There is no greater love than this. There is no one on earth who loves you as much as God loves you. Perhaps you have lost a loved one, or you know the pain involved in seeing a loved one suffer. That loved one was loved by God more than He was loved by you. We read that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but He does take great pleasure in the death of a saint. He writes, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15) Death is about separation for us, but it is about union with Christ. Death is about suffering for us, but for God it is about His ability to demonstrate His love to the one who comes to be with Him.


As a father, are you showing your family that you love them? There are many girls who are suffering on this earth with feelings that they are not loved by their father. As a father, are you showing love to your wife? It is one thing to say that you love her in a valentine’s card, but another to demonstrate the love to her so she knows that she is the most important person on this earth. Church people have love for one another, but it is very important to the church and to Christ that we show that love. We read, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)


The world is not impressed with the words, “I love you.” They use those words all the time, but they are impressed with the deeds of love. When Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus, the Jews saw something unique. They were crying and weeping, but when they witnessed the grief of Jesus, they said, “Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!” (John 11:36)


An Exercise to increase our Faith: The Coronavirus has caused many to think of what is truly important to them. It has challenged some to think of the God in heaven who controls sickness, and health, living and dying. The first way to show love to a person is to introduce them to one who truly loves them. They may not know God or His love. Allowing them to go into hell for eternity is an act that is furthest from loving them. Even if they don’t see that love now, with prayer, they may understand it in the future.

At this time, we are planning to resume our worship service on Easter Sunday. I would like to encourage you to consider how you can “Reach Your One” and invite one person to church on Easter, or perhaps you can invite them to watch our Live Stream messages now. Let’s start today by praying and asking the Lord to give you contact with someone who needs to know Him personally. I encourage you to invite people to watch the service online now, and then to come to church with you when we are able to meet again so they can hear about the death and resurrection of His Son.


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