In our culture today, people often mistakenly label ‘love’ as only an emotion. We also throw the word around flippantly to describe how much we like something. (i.e., I love pizza!) Jesus showed us that real love is the act of sacrificing oneself for others. It’s this kind of love that we are to display to our fellow believers! John also says this real love proves that we are real Christians.
Questions for further thought:
1. Did you realize that hating someone is like murdering them in your heart? (verse 15)
2. Do you know of a believer in need? What can you do to meet that need?
Challenge: Ask God to show you where He wants you to love sacrificially. Take extra time to listen during your prayers and really pay attention to His invitations to love others throughout the next few weeks. When a need that you can meet comes up, put your love into action! Most likely the blessing you experience will be greater than the sacrifice you make.
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