Keep loving one another

June 19th, 2014

In todays reading 1 John 3:11-24, John encourages us to keep loving one another. This is the second time in this book that he has spoken about loving each other.

John again reminds us that this “is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another” (v11). He goes on to say that our love for one another shows we have passed from death to life (v14).

So how does this love show itself? Verse 18 tells us, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions”. It is not enough to love in word only, actions must follow.

We see is verse 16 that we learned what love is by Jesus giving Himself for us and that as Christians we should give ourselves for our brothers and sisters too.

Verse 17 gives us a simple practical way of showing our love – helping a brother or sister in need. Those with much should help those with little. It asks the question if we don’t help, how can God’s love be in us?

This section closes with the commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another (v23). If we do these things we remain in fellowship with Christ.

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

Do you find is easy to love your brothers and sisters in Christ in words only?

What are some practical things you can do to show your love?

God Bless,
Dave