1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
Today we look at a verse we’ve touched on in past studies. When we remember to love the brethren, we have to remember that our love for our brothers and sisters should never be words alone. Yes, it’s important to let them know with words that you love them, to help uplift them and let them know you care, in such an uncaring world. Yet our love must go beyond that! If we truly do love someone, we not only say, “I love you” but also show that love by being there always for that person, and seeking to help that person, to even be with that person! If we do have love, it extends from just words, and shows itself in deed . . . and in Truth!
The Love we have for our brothers and sisters, is the love our Lord has for us. He loves us in words, and most certainly in deed. Our Lord also loves us in Truth! So should we love in deed and in Truth! The world can have its fleshly love. The world has its flattering words. The world can even have its own love, shown in deed as well. But what separates worldly love from True Love, the Love of God, is that the Love of God is in Truth as well! The Love of God cares not only for a person’s body, a person’s heart, personality, and feelings. The Love of God cares for ever fiber and being that makes up a person, even to the very soul and spirit within. So should we have that love for our brothers and sisters. The world loves in ways that have a fear of offending. But the perfect love of God, casts out all fear (1 John 4:18)! We should love our brothers and sisters, in deed and in Truth, caring for their very souls as well. In caring for their souls we have to remember to love in Truth. If we see a brother or sister doing something wrong, let us tell that brother or sister in meekness, to try to lift him or her up. If they are burdened, help them carry the burden! Galatians 6:1-2 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” We should love each other enough, to be truthful and honest with each other. We should love each other enough to care for each other’s spiritual life and well-being! We must love in deed, never departing from the truth either! To not love in Truth, we hide the truth and, covering it, are in deception. Deception truly is lie and sinful, and is death. If we truly love our brothers and sisters, we will not seek to lay death at their doorstep, but rush to shine the light of Truth around them, making the demons flee and making the deception known for the lie it is!
Of a truth, we need to be sure that we love not in word or in tongue, but more rightly in deed and in truth! If we don’t show our love, if it dwells only in our words, then what sort of love is that? It truly is a false love, that is just like hate wearing a disguise. In this, we are also reminded of how our faith cannot be without the Good Fruit of the Spirit. If our faith is only in words and not true, if our faith doesn’t extend to producing good fruit, then truly our faith is dead! We can say all we want, that we are a Christian, but if we talk like the world, act like the world, dress like the world, LIVE in the world . . . what are we? The old saying, “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck . . . It’s a duck!” can go for a truth: If we look like the world, walk like the world, sound like the world . . . we are the world!
Our love, and our faith, cannot be in words only. That is the same as hiding our candle under a bushel! What happens to a flame if you put a jar upside down over it? It will still shine . . . for a while. But then the oxygen which the flame needs, is quickly used up and that flame flickers and dies very quickly! In all this, so is our faith without works, and our love not being in deed and in truth. It is all dead, and useless to everyone. Love only in words, is useless both to us, and to those we speak it toward.
The world can put on a facade of love for us, all they want. They can say, “I love you” all they want. They can even go a little ways and show love in a few deeds. They can have those two things, and can put on a good show to deceive. But to love in Truth as well . . . that is where they cannot go. That is why we must have all three things in love: our words, our deeds, and in Truth. It is what separates us from the love of the world, and it is how we know that something is real Love. Try it on the world, if they say they love you, let them show it. If they show it, then let it be in Truth as well: rebuke them for their sins, but then immediately show them love in Truth, by telling them that if they wish to live, they must turn to Jesus to follow Him. They will immediately back up in fear of the reproving light of the Truth (John 3:19-20). My biological sisters sadly show this. They are fine and dandy until you introduce the Truth. For my birthday, I asked for only one thing: for them to go to church with me (it was Resurrection Sunday (Not Easter . . . I celebrate Jesus’ resurrection that day, not a bunny), just for that one day, two hours out of the day. They refused over and over again. I let them know, I wasn’t trying to force it on them, but wanted them to know, that if they so hate the Truth, each passing day as I saturate my own life with the Truth, to grow more and more in it, they will eventually hate me altogether. I tried to explain, if they so hate Jesus, they will naturally hate me. I believe they don’t understand that, and I pray for their salvation, I pray for their coming to the Lord our Saviour. The world doesn’t quite understand either, that love must be in Truth as well as deed and word. Naturally, the world doesn’t understand it, but we should, and must likewise walk in it. We are not of the World, but of the Spirit! Let us love in deed and in Truth (In the Spirit, as the Spirit is Truth: 1 John 5:6)!
I love you so much, I truly do. I hope and pray that all is well with you, and that your day is greatly blessed! Daily I keep you in my prayers, as you are in my thoughts each day! May we walk in the love of God, which is evident not just in words, but in our deeds, and not even in those alone, but also in Truth, the Spirit of God! Let us care so much for our brothers and sisters, caring for their very souls, that they are not deceived by a lie, but know the Truth in all things! May God greatly bless you always, and may He guide you completely today in His Love and Spirit!
Love in Christ, Always,
Your friend forever,
Psalm 148:13 “Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”