Is Love In Action In Your Life Today
We hear much about the importance of the word, faith, prayer, praise, the fear of God, obedience, humility, repentance and the need for change in our Christian walk and so we should. But God’s cardinal commands are to love him with all our hearts, souls and minds and our neighbors as ourselves (Matt 22:37-39). Jesus gave us a new command that we love each other as he loves us, by this he said the world would know we are Christians (John 13:34-35).
In the great love chapter of the Bible (1 Cor 13:1-13) the apostle Paul wrote that without love we are nothing. He clearly emphasized that out of faith, hope and love the greatest gift was love (1 Cor 13:13). The Greek word for love that is used dominantly in the New Testament is agape. This is God’s unconditional love and the love that we are called to love with. In 1 Corinthians 13, this love for us is defined, take time to meditate on it.
In the bible we are taught that God’s love is in us, poured in by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5). God demonstrated the extent of this love by allowing Christ to die for us (Rom 5:8). We are called to love with our words (Eph 4:15); words that come from our hearts and are spoken in love. But love has to go beyond our words to actions, our deeds (1 John 3:18); love must be demonstrated; just as faith is not faith without corresponding actions (James 2:17). Think how you can share God’s love today; in a gentle, encouraging word, and a kind spontaneous action.