16 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him—how does God’s love reside in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18
In our passage today, we read the words of the Apostle John: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with action and in truth.” While this devotion will run in May, I’m writing it on March 6, 2020. Three days ago, we had an EF-3 tornado blow through East Nashville causing all kinds of damage. Like most of my friends at the Church of Lockeland Springs, my wife and I spent today cleaning up the damage around the church and the homes in our community.
For those who lost their houses and possessions in the tornado, the actions of volunteers display genuine love. All week people have been walking through the neighborhoods gathering up fallen branches and sticks, piling up broken fencing, bricks and blocks from broken walls and chimneys, raking yards and sweeping up broken glass. Others have cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, distributed water bottles, and tried to alleviate some of the suffering. Still others have simply stopped to talk with and listen to the homeowners. Many have donated to relief organizations. We are showing love by our actions.
John also encouraged us to show love in truth. We have prayed for our neighbors, invited them to worship with us, and talked about the gospel. When things go bad in life, people need hope. They need a hope that’s not based on an insurance check or a construction crew; instead, they need to know they are not alone in this world.
That is why we love in action and in truth. The world needs to know that God loves them, that He sees them in their pain, and that He has sent His children to be His hands and feet.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Who in your life needs this hope?
- What can you do today to show them love both in action and in truth?