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Mornings with Maddie 5: I Love You

Mornings with Maddie Day 5 – I Love You

“For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. … Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. … By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. … Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. … And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” (1 John 3:11,13-14,16,18,23, ESV)

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.” (Deuteronomy 15:7-8, ESV)

As I was reading through these verses about loving others I realized I needed the reminder. It’s easy to just slip into saying “I love you” yet not fully living out those words as I should. 

John had learned about love from the very best person—Jesus Christ. He wrote these verses that say we need to show love in action and truth because it is what he had experienced firsthand from Jesus. Jesus didn’t just say, “I love you”; He showed it!

I’m much better at showing love towards my close loved ones than I am at showing love towards people who aren’t close to me. I’m willing to help when needed, do fun things with them, remember birthdays, and do little things to make them feel loved. I still fall short at times, but I usually do better when it comes to close family and friends. 

But when Jesus died on the cross for us, we were His enemies. I was a slave to sin but He gave His life for me anyway. At times, I’m left wondering how I can follow His example. In my own strength, I’m often too tired, selfish, or lack the patience to show love in that way all of the time. But love doesn’t really come from my own strength—it comes from God. 

Without Him, I would fail at loving the way I should every time. With Him, I have the strength to love others as He has commanded me to do. May I be a better example of loving those around me whether they’re close to me or not. May I truly love in deed and in truth.

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