Hi, today I want to have you read through this passage, take some time to consider its meaning, then read my thoughts. Also, keep an eye out for a challenge.
Love One Another
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 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 or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
(1 John 3:11-24 ESV)
There is one point John wants to drive home through this passage, love one another. A Christ follower not only practices this, but lives out every action of their lives with love towards one another.
John says not to only talk about loving one another, but, to also take action. How exactly are we to take action? Look at Christ and His example of Christ, and seek to imitate His love with all genuineness and sincerity. This is how we are to show love to one another, by seeking others first, with humility as Philippians 2:3 says to count others more significant than yourself. By looking out for others interests, needs, and wishes, we will develop this Christ-like love for everyone around us.
As I said, this is more than simply a practice, it is a mindset, its something you develop as you practice the fundamentals of love for one another.
Of course you know that others are easier to get along with than some, but those few people who you find it hard to develop a genuine brotherly love for, will prove whether or not you truly want to imitate and be like Christ.
I’m going to turn this into a challenge for you, in the next 24 hours, or couple of days, find five things you can do to put other’s interests before yours. Maybe that would mean something like, slowing down a bit and letting the driver next to you in front of you, so that they don’t have to cut you off, it could be opening the door for that person with their hands full, or it could be as little as telling someone thanks, whatever those five things are do it out of genuine humility to bring glory to God. These little actions, I hope, will spark greater things and will help you develop this watchful “others first” attitude.
Have a great weekend, see you next time!