Our Bible verse for today: “Little children, let us not love in word or in speech, but in action and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It comes full circle”
We only fully experience the love of God in our lives when we share it with others. It’s true. You are intended by God to not just be a recipient of His love, but also to be a conduit of His love. His love must be received by you, embraced by you, and then shared by you. It’s only then that it comes full circle and is fully experienced by you.
Want proof from real-life examples? Consider the Christian who is saved, and therefore is a fully-loved child of God, but who then shows little or none of that love to others. This is a person who probably talks mostly about themselves, who seems to be relatively unaffected by the suffering of others, and who seldom makes much of an effort to help or to bless others. We all know people like that. What kind of life do they typically lead? What kind of personality does such a person usually have? Aren’t those the people we conclude are narcistic and self-absorbed? Don’t they tend to be people who complain a lot and who are easily offended? Does this person really give the appearance of being a happy, peaceful, content child of God who is secure in the love of his or her heavenly Father? The answer of course is “no”, people like that seldom happy and content.
Contrast that person with another: This person seems to focus much more on other people. He or she makes it a point to bless others, and seems to genuinely enjoy doing so. Your impression of this person is of a kind and warm individual who is settled and content, a generally happy person who is easy-going and easy to be with. Not only are they loved, but they are loving to others.
The first person is simply a recipient of God’s love. The other is a conduit of it. The first person receives God’s love and does nothing with it. The other receives it, embraces and enjoys it, and then passes it along to others. It’s the second person who is fully experiencing the love of God. In their life it has come full circle.
We fully experience the love of God in our lives as a real and practical reality when we share it with others. As the Apostle John taught in 1 John 3:18, we must love not just in word and speech, but in action and truth. We’ll think more about this tomorrow.