Plain and simple

Our pastor Cole Huffman has been doing a series on 1 John.  The main thrust of the book is that those who are Christ followers should be characterized by their love for others, in particular others who are also following Christ.  One set of verses in chapter 3 have been particularly convicting for me:

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.

We are called not to simply hope someone’s circumstances get better, we’re supposed to do something about it.  It’s easy to say “I’ll pray for you” and then go on about our day.  But according to this, if we have the means to do so, we’re supposed to help out in whatever way we can.

Our love is to be shown through what we do, not what we say.  If we are Christ followers, that’s not a suggestion or something to do when we have the extra time, it’s an expectation.  After all, how can we claim to follow someone who put Himself on the cross for us and then not show love to others?  Either I follow Him and love others or I don’t.   Period.