Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18 NIV)
The love spoken of here is that of Agape.
“It describes a love that loves without changing. It is a self-giving love that gives without demanding or expecting re-payment. It is love so great that it can be given to the unlovable or unappealing. It is love that loves even when it is rejected. Agape love gives and loves because it wants to; it does not demand or expect repayment from the love given- it gives because it loves, it does not love in order to receive.”.
– David Guzik
This is who God is and has been most clearly demonstrated by the sacrifice of His sinless Son to the pay the price for the sinner’s sin.
It is the love we are to give and live.
To love authentically.
To give without expecting anything back.
A love so great it can be given to the unloving and unappealing.
A love so strong that gives even when it is rejected.
This is God’s love, not man’s.
It doesn’t come naturally, in fact, it only comes by the supernatural power of God moving through you.
You have been given people to love.
Not by words but with action.
Who has God given you to love?
How are you going to love them today?