Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How Should We Love? - Bonita Y. McCoy

1 John 3:16-17 "By this we know love, that he laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word and talk but in deed and truth." (ESV).

We are to love in deed and truth.

Now, deeds we understand. We show love through our actions. If someone is cold, we supply them a blanket. If someone is hungry, we provide them a meal.  Many of us often reach out to help others through acts of kindness.

But how do we love in truth? What does that look like?

Well, simply put, it looks like Jesus.  Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6 ESV).

That is the truth we are to share.

Jesus is the way. He offers life. Through Him, we can be rescued. Telling others about Jesus is showing love.

We definitely need to love through our deeds, but as we meet people's physical needs, let us also meet their spiritual ones by presenting the truth of Jesus as the way to the Father.

Fear will try to stop us. Be courageous.

Be aware, fear of man, what others might think, and fear of rejection will try to stop us.
However, be courageous.

We must love in truth - We must give the captive the key to his cell.
We must give those who mourn or are brokenhearted the balm of healing.
We must tell the poor the good news.

The price has been paid; we have been freed.

The Good News - The Price has been Paid!

How should we love?

As Jesus loved, in deed and truth.

Finding God's Beautiful Pieces of Grace,