Love With Actions And In Truth

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)

I am still in the subject of love. What is love? Many people talks about it but very few know its true meaning. If you happen to be in a religious church, they will tell you they love you but what they really love is your money. So, if you happen to hear a religious preacher or a theologian telling you that he loves you, you should hold tightly to your wallet and run!

Verse 16 above tells us what love truly is, according to God’s personal opinion. In his view, love is real action. Jesus showed his love by laying down his life for us. Please note that Jesus had physically laid down his physically life at the physical cross. He did it openly for everyone to see. He did not do it spiritually. The God of the Bible is capable of doing things physically and promise blessings that can be proven including health and wealth.

This is the difference between the true believers of Jesus Christ and mere worshippers of theology. A true believer dares to believe what God says is true, including those things that can be proven physically like health and wealth. In contrast, theology worshippers can only believe in a God who promises things that cannot be proven. This is the reason why they despise health and wealth. Health and wealth become a stumbling block to them because these things can be proven objectively.

When they see believers who dare to believe in those things, they will persecute them with terms like, “prosperity gospel” as though God is allergic to prosperity.

The second part of Verse 16 tells us that since Jesus can lay down his life for us, we also ought to do the same for others. Does this mean we must also die? If that is true, I am out of here. I am not interested in joining a religion of death. Thank God, he explained it in the following verse, Verse 17.

Verse 17 tells us the meaning of laying down our lives for our brothers and sisters. When we have the love of God in us, we will have a natural pity to our brothers and sisters who are poor. We will to help them provided we have the material possessions to do so.

Do you see the implication here? All believers regardless of the rich or poor, who have the love of God in their hearts will have pity on others who are poor. They will want to help them materially. However, only the rich (with material possessions) can really do it.

This is another way of saying that God wants every believer to be rich in lots of material possessions.

In other words, Verse 17 is not a promotion for communism. God is not a communist.

Finally in Verse 18, we are exhorted in not just keeping our love in words only. Love is real action. If you have the love of God in your heart, you should act now. If are poor, God wants you to get rich so that you can used your riches to help the poor. If you are already rich, God wants you to be richer so that you can help even more poor people.
Don’t be selfish. This is the true meaning of love.

11 Responses to “Love With Actions And In Truth”

  1. Tyler Says:

    I empathize with your hate of the church’s double standards. It is a gross warped perception of the gospel. Rich people can do a lot to help, and do a lot of good. But if every Christian in the world fed the poor etc, there would be no world hunger or suffering, but there would still be a lot of people who didn’t have salvation.

    God offers living water and the bread of life.

    Interesting that you say God is not a communist. Communism I think is a misunderstood idealism. It has never worked and can never work in a depraved world because people are selfish beings and need competition. However, the early church in Acts (which should be a role model for all churches because they did church the right way) had some Communistic values.

    All that believed were together, and had all things in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
    (Acts 2:44-45)
    There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. (Acts 4:34-35)

    They didn’t refuse to work with money, they needed it. But their focus wasn’t to get money and then help, it was to help and then trust God to get them prosperity. Just because one chooses to be poor doesn’t mean that they are not making a difference. My family lives off of supporters and donations and we aren’t very rich. My father works very hard, and has a lot of friends in high places. If he had sought to be rich, he could have, but he thought he could make a difference more if he put all his effort into teaching people and counseling them in their faith.

    Anyway, food for thought.

  2. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    Hi Tyler,

    You may have notice that the early church system is only practised by groups that are commonly known as cults. It is not practical when the membership size grows too big. Logistic will be a nightmare.

    You said your family lives off donations. There is nothing wrong with that but as a responsible person you should never rely on other’s kindness forever.

    You have to strive to make enough money to sustain yourself and your family. Once you have achieved that, you should make more money so that you can help other families the way others have been helping you now.

  3. Hanjin Says:

    You have wasted so much time talking about the greatness of God quoting everything from the bible. The recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, Myanmar, Taiwan, Chile, Mexico. Indonesia and etc speaks volume of God’s greatness and ability.

    “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” (Albert Einstein)

  4. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    What happened in 9-11 must also speaks volume in Osama bin Laden’s greatness.

  5. Hanjin Says:

    God also created Osama bin Laden…

  6. Joseph Says:

    I think its better to do some community work rather than wasting time writing about bible which are works of ignorant people passed down from generation to generation.

  7. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    Joseph, community work is fine with me as long as it results in prosperity.

  8. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    Hanjin, I prefer a non perverse God.

  9. John Says:

    I think the rich helping the poor is a noble concept. There are folks that will say the only reason there are poor is they didn’t didn’t have any opportunity. There is some truth to that. However there are multitudes of poor that really have no desire to rise to a different economic states, even if the opportunity is given to them. How do you sort this out?

  10. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    They have their rights.

  11. Di Wang Says:

    11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
    John 16:11

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