“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.” 1 John 3:18-19
We are in the part of the Sermon on the Mount telling us how we are to relate to others. This at times can be the most difficult part of our walk with Jesus. We live in a world that tells us to take care of number one. Don’t worry about others. They can take care of themselves. We tell people that we love them, but do we really love them or is that just something we say. Do we really know what the love of Jesus is all about? I wonder if most of us really know the love that God showed us by sending His Son to die for our sins.
Scott Peak’s definition of love is, “Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” This love can be the hardest to have for someone. We always want the best for the one’s we love and in this kind of love, we find that at times, we must let things happen to them that does not seem very loving. God’s love for us is not about having an easy life. It is about us growing in our walk with Him so that by our actions we can bring others into that walk. So sometimes, when we show our love for others, it doesn’t look like the love that the world sees. Just remember that God’s ways are not our ways.
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16