November 23/1John 3

In this chapter John is talking about Real Love. The question then would be, “What is real love”. After all we in America use the word ‘love’ rather loosely. I love German chocolate cake, pepperoni pizza, my snow blower, riding bicycle, the Indianapolis Colts, reading, shooting my handguns and my wife. Oops not shooting my wife but loving her:) I love my son, his wife Sarah Jean and my granddaughters. I loved watching the series of Downton Abbey.  Is loving pizza the same as loving my wife or my son and his family? Is there such a thing as Real Love? Yes and John tells us what Real Love is:

1 John 3:16–19 (NLT) — 16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

Real Love is not loving for what it gets in return like the taste of pepperoni and cheese. Real Love is when we give up our lives for someone else. Jesus gave up his life in heaven to come to earth to spend his life rescuing us from sin. I give up my life when I help someone else out. It means I am giving up my life in the form of time or money etc. I may have wanted to go bicycle riding buy my wife needed me to help her with a project or she just wanted to spend some time with me. So I give up my life of bicycle riding to spend my life with her. The other day I noticed that our neighbor across the street couldn’t get her lawn mower started. So I said a quick prayer for her and then got on with my life of cleaning out my garage! No I didn’t I gave up my life to go and help her with her lawnmower and that involved time and money because I had to trouble shoot the situation and when I found out the problem I had to get her a new spark plug. That meant time in taking the old plug out, going and getting a new plug and installing it. I am not bragging here just giving some examples of giving up ones life.

This book of 1John is all about action loving not talking loving. John just keeps hammering this point over and over. In his first book, the Gospel of John he wrote: For God so loved the world that He gave.  He didn’t say that God told us he loved us; because Real Love is action.

Romans 5:8 (NLT) — 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

When we received Jesus we received his great love implanted within us by the Holy Spirit, see Romans 5:5. It is up to us to move this love within into outside action. People can do many things for us but they can’t love for us. We must do that on our own.  John says that our actions will show whether or not we belong to the Truth. see verse 19.

Hilltop, just as we let our sinful come out from time to time, we need to let the love that the Holy Spirit placed within us, Out!! Let us show those around us and the angels that are watching us that we truly do belong to the Truth. Will this always be easy? No but do it anyway for the glory of God. Letting out this love is how we remain in fellowship with our heavenly Father. Letting this love out is how we go from pizza love to Real Love!

1 John 3:24 (NLT) — 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Cain was the first product that came from the fall. He had a full helping of the attitudes the enemy cherishes. He was selfish, angry and suffered from jelousy. This led to offering some of his produce as a sacrifice, and anger, leading to murder, when interacting with Abel. God’s love was shown by his first comments to Cain. Cain would not have suffered as much if he had confessed his sin and asked for forgiveness. Your actions show who you belong to.