Demonstrations of Love
More Than Just Words or Speech
“For God so loved… that He gave,” says John 3:16. I’m sure you have heard that love is not a feeling but an action, and when you love someone or something, you do as much as you can to demonstrate how much you love them. The essence of loving is actually in the action and need to express it.
The apostle John wrote that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. The human race decided to disobey God. We went our separate way by choosing the path of eternal death. But we had no idea of the true consequences and the pain we brought into our lives.
God, in His infinite knowledge and mercy and moved by love, put into action a plan of Salvation that was prepared even before we were created. You see, God’s love and His demonstration of love is different from the way we love and demonstrate love. We love conditionally, but God loves unconditionally—He gave His Son for all, knowing that not all would appreciate what He would do for the world. God gave himself and He died for all. He gave and continues to give His everything, every day, for everyone. We are His creatures and He demonstrates it every day in so many different ways.
God invites us to love the way He loves. That’s when it gets complicated. “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 and sisters. 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? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth,” says 1 John 3:16-18.
God invites us to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. We can see giving our life for a son or daughter, a spouse or a very close family member, but to give our life for someone outside of that circle? That’s difficult. And it is just as difficult to share or give away the things that we have worked so hard to possess to those in need. Yet God tells us that if we do not share or give to those in need then the love of God is not in us.
We can be good speakers, choose the right words and have good intentions, but God asks for more than that. The problem is that doing what He asks takes us out of our comfort zone; it takes us away from our time—the time we don’t have because we are too busy doing. It takes away the resources that we have worked so hard to acquire to then just “give it away.” We prefer to be good and stay put. We wash our conscience, believing that God is pleased with us as long as we do not do bad things or hurt others. We have become so materialistic and comfortable that we seem to contradict what Jesus Christ said, that it is impossible to love God and at the same time love our possessions. If we treat others without being selfish, in the same way that we treat ourselves, as God would like for us to, I believe God would bless us so much more because His presence would continually be in our life.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Let’s demonstrate love—God’s love.