Love is What Love Does

1 John 3:18 (NKJV) My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.


Have you ever had someone tell you “I love you with the love of the Lord”? Ever walked away wondering what that really meant? Christian love is a very powerful yet misunderstood principal. Oftentimes people equate Christian love with having pleasant feelings towards another. But love is not just a set of feelings you have for someone, love is an action you DO towards others. When you place the word Christian in front of it; it literally mean’s to act in a manner towards another that Christ would act, and how he has admonished us to love.

Scripture is littered with various acts of kindness, healing, caring and sacrifice Christ exemplified to those who came in contact with him. When people met Christ they left in a better condition than what they arrived, likewise when people leave our presence they should leave in a better state than which they came.

Now I know you’re thinking well of course I can do that for those who love me and are good to me, but those people who mean me harm, they can forget about it. But Christian love isn’t only acting good to those who are good to you. Take note of what Christ said in the Matthew 22:39, when the Pharisee’s try to challenge Christ’s position of the law & commandments’, “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[a] When we think of the definition of “neighbor” we limit it to one who lives in close proximity, however another definition for neighbor is A fellow human.

Notice Christ doesn’t exclude your accountability to love those who hurt you, nor does he say to just think good thoughts toward them, He states we should do good to them as well. Is this easy to accomplish? No; however you can STILL exemplify Christian Love to all, no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Yes, it will be difficult; Yes you will fight against your natural thoughts & feelings, Yes it will require you to come out of your “comfort zone”, and Yes it will require all of God’s strength. Rest in knowing the power of God’s indwelling Holy Spirit can accomplish & manifest anything in and through you, when you completely avail yourself to HIM.


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