“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”1 John 3:18 NIV
Real love is an action, not a feeling. It produces selfless, sacrificial giving. The greatest act of love is giving oneself for others. How can we “give up our lives”? By serving others with no thought of receiving anything in return. Sometimes it is easier to say we’ll die for others than to truly live for them—this involves putting others’ desires first. Jesus taught this same principle of love in John 15:13.
These verses give an example of how to “give up our lives” for others—to help those in need. This is strikingly similar to James’s teaching (James 2:14-17). How clearly do your actions say you really love others? Are you as generous as you should be with your money, possessions, and time? (Tyndale Study Bible)
We live in a world where everything is about reward and gratification. Where success is measured in money and how much you have. None of what you own you take with you when you pass on. I can hear you say but its cool to have all these things. With all these worldly possessions do you have inner peace? You see nothing you buy is going to give you peace. It might be for a short while then you have to buy something else.
The basis of the world is love. Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.” Here are most important commands in the Bible. How many of us follow or adhere to these.
The point I am trying to make is this. The peace that you receive when you love unconditionally is incredible. The reason you experience that peace is because when you love that way you are selfless. That selflessness is the basis of what the scripture refers to above. Talk is cheap; we are to show our love by our actions. We can’t just talk; we have to do. Like the scripture says we have to do in truth. You can’t just pretend to love. You have to Love in truth.
I get back to things or gifts. Those alone aren’t tokens of love. You can’t buy your child’s affection with gifts. It might have an effect for a short while. It is not lasting. Your action, the things you do, are far more valuable. The thing that comes to mind is time spent together rather than gifts. The Children John is referring to here is all of us, God’s children.
“Lord, I pray for the heart to love unconditionally. Selflessness Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.”