Bible Reading: 1 John 3:14-19
According to the Apostle John, true love is proven â€œin deed and in truth,â€ not â€œin wordâ€ and with oneâ€™s â€œtongue.â€ John insists that there is no way â€œthe love of Godâ€ can possibly dwell in someone who is unloving toward others. If the same â€œlove of Godâ€ dwells in us that led Jesus to lay â€œdown his life for us,â€ how can we not be moved with â€œcompassionâ€ when we see our â€œbrotherâ€ in â€œneedâ€? Furthermore, how can our â€œcompassion,â€ which is spawned by Christâ€™s love within us, not result in charitable action toward our needy â€œbrotherâ€?
Compassion toward our needy brother, which is spawned by the love of Christ within us, will not be merely professed with our â€œtongue,â€ but proven by our â€œdeeds.â€ We will be moved into action by Christâ€™s love within us. Whereas Christ â€œlaid down his life for us,â€ His love within us will move us into action to do whatever it takes to meet the â€œneedâ€ of our needy â€œbrother,â€ even if it requires us â€œlaying down our lives forâ€ him as Christ â€œlaid down his life for us.â€
The absence of love in action toward a needy brother is proof of the absence of Christâ€™s love within our heart. There is no way that Christ dwells in an uncaring heart. Uncharitableness undermines Christian confessions and serves as a distinguishing mark of a hypocrite.