See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
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. 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? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:1a, 16-18
Sometimes it is hard to see the God of the Old Testament as a loving God. But here, we see His true character and nature in the person of Jesus Christ. We know what real love is – true love is, because of the behaviour of Jesus. In spite of our fallen-ness and sin, He died a painful, humiliating death for the sole purpose of having a relationship with us. If we now, as followers of Jesus have fellowship with God, and have been adopted as sons and daughters, should we not have the characteristics of our father like biological offspring?
What does it look like for me to lay my life down for others? We are privileged in this western world to not be under pain of death for our beliefs. But I can still lay my life down in service to the cause of Christ, and it will definitely cost me something. Jesus’ death cost him everything and yet it was given willingly. When I lay my life down for another, I want to epitomise the love of Christ so that people can see the true nature and character of Jesus. With no motive but simply to love, what is an opportunity today that you can take to serve another, even if it is inconvenient or even painful?
Lord, provide me with opportunities to love, even when it is hard. Help me to love like you do, to seek out the lost and broken, that they may know the love of their saviour by the way I reflect you, as your daughter.