This is how we know love

Biblical Studies

“This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. But if a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care—how can the love of God remain in him? Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

I love John’s simplicity. However, let us not confuse lack of complexity with ease. Our call is to demonstrate and embody the self-sacrifice love of Jesus.  

“Truth” is not an idea or a doctrine to be believed or argued, but an incarnate reality. “Truth” is synonymous with “action” just as “words” are with “speech.” Thus, we find in John’s writings that the ‘truth of God’ is not an idea or concept put forward, but the person of Jesus who came and lived among his people (e.g. “I am the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6).