Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 1 John 2:9
God’s instruction for us is really pretty simple. We make it complicated. His message is straightforward – Love one another. Love God.
As Paul said, we can have faith to move mountains, but if we do not have love, we are empty. If we do not have love, there is no benefit to us. If we do not have love, we do not have God. Faith, hope and love are the measure, and the greatest of these is love.
Is love evident in your life? If we know God, love will be evident in our lives. We know God if we keep his commands. (1 John 2:3) The greatest commandment is to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself.
Love is not measured by the number of church services we attend, the amount of money we put in the collection plate or the number of church committees we are on. Love lives in the moment, every moment, of our lives. “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6)
There is a great book by Bob Goff called, “Love Does“. I think John is telling us that Love also lives.
John lived with Love. He lived with Jesus. He talked and slept and ate and walked with Jesus. Jesus lived among people – and not just church people. His followers were not “church people” when you get right down to it. Jesus lived love, and we are told to do the same.
Love is kind, love is patient, love is long suffering, love keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not boast love does not envy, love is not proud, love does not dishonor others, love is not self-seeking. Love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
If we give everything we own to the poor, but do not love, we have nothing. (1 Corin. 13:3) I believe that “love does”, as Bob Goff says, but love is something more than what we do. Love is who we are. Love lives.