1 John 3: Loving Others

Brotherly (or Sisterly) Love

Hello, wonderful people! Who are your brothers and sisters? Well, how many do you have? Personally, I have a pretty large family. I come from a blended, but loving, family. I get along well with all my siblings, and it’s a typical sibling relationship. It’s the third week of the 1 John series, and we are going to be converting a small section of chapter 3. There are some amazing verses that talk about love.

Jesus and Love

Who is the only one who can live perfectly? — Jesus. If you guessed him you are right. I believe only Jesus can love perfectly, but it is possible for us to strive to demonstrate love like his. But how?

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.”

Simply, we are to love others with our actions and what we speak. We should be speaking encouraging things. Speak with a voice that only allows words of kindness to flow from them. Your actions should be loving. If you see someone, even an enemy, in pain or need of help, go to them. Don’t wait. Waiting and just watching is not loving like God. It is just slowing down the process of them being able to feel loved. Love immediately and without hesitation.

Jesus loved you. I feel his love all the time, and I know that there is a leap of faith to take. You just have to jump. Faith is not a 100% certainty. We have to have faith in so many different things. Trusting someone is having faith in them. Have faith in the one who dies for you. Love others as well.

Rethink brotherly and sisterly love,

Grace Elliot

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