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GOOD INTENTIONS

September 15, 2014

Monday

 

1 John 3:18

 

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

 

LESSON

 

If hatred of a brother Christian is the antithesis of eternal life, what does true Christian love look like? John proceeded to explain what true love is. The evidence of genuine love is not verbal professions but vital performances, deeds rather than words. We are taught here in John that we know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren. Love of the brethren is a proof of sonship. People with a heart for God have a heart for people.

Believers are ought to love the brethren and loving them should be done in the manner Jesus exemplified it with us. You may find that it is hard to love some of our brothers/sisters but remember that Jesus has first loved us (1 John 4:19). If God gives his love freely and unconditionally, why is it that it is hard for us to love our brethren, both in words and in deeds? You may have failed in this aspect and the Bible is clear that hating our brethren brings us to the status of a murderer before God. But the good news is that you can still redeem your “love not” actions. The Apostle John is clearly saying to us that if we will confess our sins, God is just and faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Memory Verse: Isaiah 52:7

 

 

 

 

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