The scripture defines love as an action (John 3:16) and while that is certainly true according to scripture, it’s not completely true. God who is love, has magnanimously given us His Son. The natural response to such extravagance is reciprocation but it has to be according to knowledge (Rom 10:2-3) with an acknowledgment of His new covenant relationship with us:
John 13:34 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
So let’s consider, in discussing the “actions” of love, what Jesus said:
Mat 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
1Co 13:3 (NKJV) And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Our Father goes beyond the mere surface of our actions (Matt 7:24-27). He excavates to the core, looking at the foundation. He’s not looking on the outward appearance, He’s looking on the heart (1 Sam16:7). In our new covenant, the heart is the home of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 1:22). His work is profitable (John 6:63), His fruit is love (Gal 5:22) and He is yet another gift that keeps on giving!
Rom 5:5 (KJV) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
We need to know, really know and understand God’s love. Join us as we continue our study in 1st John. We will listen to the Spirit’s and the Word’s agreed explanation of love! Call in on Wednesday at 7pm, use the access code 570919 after dialing (218) 486-3691.
-By Sister Patricia King