Daily Devotion, 12/03/2018, “More Than Words”
1 John 3:16-18 NIV
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Growing up, I saw my mom and dad sacrifice for me and my four siblings again and again. They would work more and make do with less so that we would have what we needed. I decided late in my junior year of high school that I wanted to go to college. I loved the neighborhood public high school I attended but there was no way I could get ready for college in just one year in that place. My mom took a night job at a hospital so she could pay to put me in a private prep school filled mostly with college bound kids from wealthy families. It was culture shock big time for me but I worked hard and graduated with honors because I understood that it was only possible because of my mom’s sacrificial love for me. Love is like that you know.
Anyone can say that they love but the best indicator of the reality and depth of their love is in what they actually do. Love is more than words; love is sacrifice and action. Love is laying down your life and giving of yourself to benefit someone else. It’s what Jesus did for us. Like the song entitled with the same words says, He did it “All for Love.” To love Him is to love others as He loves us, sacrificially and selflessly.
May your love be made of more than words.
You are loved!