Remember the Whitney Houston song “How will I know”? Today’s bible passage reminds me of the refrain: how will I know if he really loves me.
Do not be amazed, [then,] brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.
1 John 3:13-18
How do we know that God loves us? He gave his life for us. He gave us life. Look around. The world is a beautiful place.
How will others know that we love them? Words are not enough. We must love in deed and truth. God shows us His love. Do we show others ours?
We doubt God’s love, despite everything He does for us. Yet we sometimes expect others to accept our words.
Lord, thank you for showing me your love. Help me to to share your love with others. Help me to love in deed.