Love Is…

April 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Love is… Jesus Christ laying down his life for us (1 John 3:16).  Brian Peterson comments, “Jesus himself defines the character of the church’s life…  The church proclaims and lives love not as a vague ideal rooted in the human potential for good. Love is identified and known by what Jesus has done, and that act is the ground of all Christian thought and hope.”  Therefore, 1 John 3:16 is not complete yet with the first sentence above.  It continues, “And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”  Above all, our love for others rooted in God’s love for us in Jesus Christ is not some vague feeling or good intention.  It is concrete, particular, and practical:  “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?… Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18).  Too often we hear ourselves saying, “I love him or her, but…”  The “but” in our sentences is usually the excuse to escape love’s concrete obligation rooted in Christ’s self-sacrifice.  Who is God calling you to today to love in a very concrete and practical way?

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