Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. 1 John 3.16-18
Love in action. That is what could describe the purpose of Jesus here on this earth. His purpose was to obey God and die for you and me. Jesus tells us that we must follow after him. I have to take up my cross and die to myself, Matthew 16.24. If I care more for my possessions than I do for a fellow Christian, then I fail to follow Jesus. If I refuse to help a fellow Christian in need, then I am denying Jesus and all that he came to do. John tells us that words alone do not get the task done. I can talk all day, but to no avail. I have to act. I have to do something to help those in need. But acting in any way I want also does not cut it. I have to act in truth. I have to act in such a way that the truth is being carried out and acted upon. Why is it so important for you and for me to read the Scriptures? Because within the Scriptures is where we will find the meaning of true love.