1 John 3:14-17 (Amplified Bible)
14We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is [a]held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death.
15Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding ([b]persevering) within him.
16By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [[c]in Him].
17But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and [d]fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?
Are you able to say that in every action that you take or every word that you speak…or in every discussion that you are involved in that you are a “Love Hero?”
Can you actually say that you literally went down in the trenches and saved a life, went beyond the call of duty, reached out and showed affection to someone that didn’t deserve it, respected someone whom you feel does not deserve your time and attention; let alone your respect? Can you kick bitterness to the curb without letting it rise up in you when things don’t go your way?
To me …love is an action word…it requires action on your part …
Do you see the good in everything without letting politics or religion get in your way? If you do…God can use you.
Do you truly love the way that God wants you too? I’m talking about the unconditional love. The Jesus kind of love. The Martin Luther King Jr. kind of love. The Mother Theresa type of love. I could give many examples because there is a long list. The bad news is that other people can tell when you don’t. The good news is that …you can do something about it. More bad news: “if you’re not in denial.”
Love is a choice and a command. In other words we can choose to love our neighbor or not but if we choose not…then we are not disciples of Christ.
I had a family member that treated me horrible and whenever I prayed about it; I was led to show them more love. That didn’t make sense at first, it didn’t seem fair…after all I was the one who had been treated unfairly. I had to overlook all of that and begin to pour on the love. I did but could have done better. The little was received greatly by the intended party and their life has dramatically changed! So much so…that they came out of the darkness into the light.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34, 35