For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. – (1 John 3:11, NIV)
This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other. – (1 John 3:11, ERV)
For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other. – (1 John 3:11, MSG)
The central truth – the one you have heard since the beginning of your faith – is that we must love one another. – (1 John 3:11, VOICE)
Yesterday was a day filled with the evidence of God’s love all around me. The entire staff, from the receptionist to the nurse, the doctor, and the phlebotomist, each displayed incredible kindness and grace through the care that they provided. From the moment we arrived, their demeanor set my heart at ease, and what could have been an unnerving experience, was pleasant and encouraging. Upon arriving home, my husband, who had already taken the day off to accompany me to my appointment, went out to the shop to fix the issues that were going on with my vehicle. While I went to go coach my gymnasts, he tirelessly worked to make certain that I would be able to drive my own car once again. Love is not merely a word, but rather it alive and active. It show up through acts of service, time together, willingness to sit beside another, and so much more. Love sees a need and takes action to meet it. Though we are taught that we should love one another, it becomes a genuine desire to do so well as we grow in our understanding of who God is and how He so completely and perfectly loves us. May we ever seek the Lord to show us more and more how to love each other well.
Created and called,
To love, one and all;
Both through great and small.
To truly show love,
Not merely our voice.
To love is to see,
What others need most;
Then freely extend,
In love, move close.
To extend a hand,
Or give of our time;
Draw near, sit beside,
A choice to be kind.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have called, commanded, and created us to love. Thank You that You see our needs and find ways to provide abundantly. Forgive us for the times that we have not acted on a prompting to extend love in a tangible way. Grant us Your eyes to see how we might love best, all those around us. Show us specific things we can do to show love in ways that speak clearly to the heart of the recipient. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for the countless ways that You show us Your love through others, and as we listen to Your leading and act in love. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Love is patient. Love is kind… – 1 Corinthians 13:4a