We know Jesus said that men shall know we are disciples because we love one another. The Apostle John writes that in us God’s love can be perfected. The question is, How do I get to the place where I can love like Jesus loves?
Many would set out to create a list of actions that should be performed that would be considered acts of love and when these actions are completed you will be loving that individual. The list could be something like this.
1. Pray for them
2. Reach out to them
3. Communicate your concern through notes, cards or emails.
4. If possible, meet a need that they may have.
5. If necessary, share the gospel
The list is a good list, but in itself it is not love. A person could complete each of these acts and still not love the person. Have you ever said that you were sorry and you really weren’t? Did you ever state that you forgave someone, but in reality you really didn’t? The same can be true with the actions on this list. You can do them and not really be loving. So, what is the answer? How can I love others?
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. (1 John 2:5)
If we keep or guard God’s word in our hearts, it will eventually create fruit from its seed. It is the Word of God that perfects our love. Love is a condition of the heart and not the completion of acts. Keeping or guarding God’s word in your heart is parallel to abiding in Christ. When we abide in Christ, he lives through us. When we abide in God’s word, it lives through us. It may live through us and lead us to perform the very acts listed above, but the difference between the two is the condition of the heart.
If you want to love, keep or guard God’s word in your heart. In fact, if you want to accomplish anything for God or to be anything he wants you to be, keep the word. Guard it as a precious gem or as a “keep sake”. When you do, it will produce its fruit in your life.