Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
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. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
(1 John 3:16-20 (NIV))
Love is more than words. Jesus “loved” people to the point of laying down His life for all. The least we, as believers, can do is give up possessions to provide for the needs of others.
Love is not a feeling, it is an action. Contrary to today’s society that espouses that love is an emotion, love is a verb. If you truly love, then you are willing to do anything for the person that you love. It is not a physical “love” that the media often abuses, but a spiritual love in which you truly care about someone’s well-being. This type of love is what God wishes for us to have for one another. When we have this type of love, then we are closer to God and His Will.
We are to be “salt and light” to the world. Salt cannot touch something without leaving its distinctive flavor. Light cannot touch something without changing the appearance of what it touches. Godly love is the same. It cannot touch someone without forever effecting who it touches.
Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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