One of the most quoted and well-known verses in the entire Bible, John 3:16, exemplifies what it means to truly love. This is what John writes “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Because of God’s love, He gave His Son. God was compelled to action because of His love. Love is not passive. Love is active. God could not sit back, but love drove Him to do something. The same is true for us. Paul tells us “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-17 NKJV)
Because of love, we are compelled to action. We should be reaching out with love instead of driving in condemnation. The byproduct of a life filled with love is always a life filled with action.
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- Who in your life do you need to show love to instead of condemnation?
- What area of your life is the love of Christ compelling you?