1 John 3:16 True Love For Others

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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. 1 John 3:16

People everywhere are quick to talk about love and what it is. Couples and friends state that they love each other. Yet, when one looks at the world, all he appears to see is violence and hatred. 

Marriages end in separation and divorce. Friends part different ways, never to talk again. Family members break up in communicating together. People complain about each other, step on each other to get higher, and refuse to help others because of inconvenience. 

The world’s idea of love is one of selfishness. It is all about self and what one can get out of this life and others. This selfish love comes from the devil. It started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden being selfish and wanting things for themselves and has never stopped since. 

God revealed His true love in Jesus by sending Him to die for the sins of people. Jesus laid down His life, so that people could live. Every person has a death sentence on their heads because of sin. Jesus removes that sentence by His death. 

Believers are to live in the same way as Jesus, laying down their lives for others. They should not be jealous of others or demanding of others. It is putting the rights and desires of others before themselves. 

The believer will lay down his will and desires to help build others up in Christ Jesus, to give others what they need. It will be inconvenient at times and difficult, but it will show what true love is, what God has shown the believer. As this occurs, the world will see who Jesus really is and what God is like. 

Take a moment to think about what Jesus has done for you. Realize how much love He had for you that He would die for you. Then seek to show that same love to others. 

Be willing to put your life on the line for other people, both the good and bad people. Every person needs to be shown God’s love. God can do that through you, if you are willing. 

As you put others before yourself and present God to them, you will be able to build God’s kingdom. Show true love today.

Today I pray that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will show God’s true love to others; and that God will strengthen you as you lay down your life and will for others. 

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