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Loving In Word Alone Is Insufficient

1 John 3:11-18

Memory Verse:
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but indeed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

Love is a grossly misused word. The world understands love more from the perspective of lust and pride. Most people express their love by mere words without deeds. This is not of God. God’s love is far greater, sacrificial and life-changing. No wonder John, the Apostle, says that whoever sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, does not have the love of God abiding in him (1 John 3:17). 1 John 3 exemplifies how to give sacrificially in order to help those in need. This act was first demonstrated by Jesus Christ who offered Himself for sinners to
secure deliverance and salvation. Have you ever imagined what life would have been like for us if Jesus had compromised and decided not to sacrifice His life for us on the cross of Calvary?

It is a subtle form of wickedness and a show of godlessness to turn away the needy when God has given us the ability to help them. How often do your actions speak love to others? Are you as generous as you should be with your
money, possessions and time?

There is no better way to prove that we know and love God other than the way we show love to people around us. There are many less privileged individuals around you who need the unused clothes and shoes lying idle in your
wardrobes. Will you consider giving them out today and make someone happy? Any love that does not recognize sacrifice is mere lip service because true love is about sacrifice.
Prayer Points:
1. God, help me to love people genuinely and to express it with all sincerity.
2. Father, empower me to help others.

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