Love, Relationship & Marriage

The saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!”

1 John 3:18 (NIV)

This passage of scripture… is an exhortation to Christians (genuinely born again children of God) to love with actions, not just mere words. The Greek word for love used in this verse by Paul is “agape”, meaning, unconditional, selfless, and sacrificial love”. Apostle Paul urging us believers to love with action, not with mere words. John 13:34-35, NIV. Jesus gave a command to his disciples who are believers to love one another, the ways he has shown love to them. This is the kind of love that should exist in the heart of anyone who sees himself or herself as a Christian and a child of God.

Your love and feelings towards a fellow Christian must be unconditional, selfless, and sacrificial.

Agape love for the brotherly in Christ is the love that exists regardless of changing circumstances Christian love (agape) is not simply a feeling or an emotion but is also an action that one have to undertake as a Christian walking in love (Agape) as a believer involves actively seeking the well-being of others, sacrificing for them, and choosing to put their needs above one’s own. God is our very first example, according to John 3:16. God personally demonstrated this love by allowing Christ to exchange His life for our sin, so that you and I can accept salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, the love of God shed in our heart by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 KJV

Shed abroad in our heart — means not confined or limited, but are freely expressed and shared with others. This form of love often requires us to put aside our desires and preferences to serve others, regardless of who they are or how they treat us. As you & I begin to show this love…. God expect us to begin to express this love in the following ways;

1. By serving one another (Romans 12:9-10), (1 Pet 4:10) Christians are called to serve one another, meeting each other’s needs and loving others as they would like to be loved. As Christians, we must not pretend in our display of love, but genuinely show our love to one another

2. By Forgiving one another (Ephesians 4:31-32, Colossians 3:13-14, Matthew 6:14)
Christians are called to forgive others, even if they have been wronged, and to offer grace and mercy to those who have hurt us. As Christians, we must let all bitterness, wrath, anger go and always be kind to your brethren in Christ and easily forgive one another just as the Lord has proved to by forgiving of our sins.

3. By Praying for one another (Jam 5:16, Col 1:9, Gal 1:9)
Christians are called to pray for one another, lifting the needs and concerns of others to God. In prayer, you can bear each other’s burdens. That scripture in Gal 6:2 encourages as a believer to bear one another’s burden. The greatest place where we can bear each other’s burdens as Christians is to pray for one another.

4. By encouraging one another: (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11, Hebrews 3:13, Hebrews 10:24-25) Christians are called to encourage one another, lifting each other and helping each other to grow in their faith. To encourage – means to build up and edify.

The scripture encourage in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – to encourage each other and build each other up to demonstrate the love of Christ that we have for one another
In short, Christians are called to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 15:12). This means putting others first, serving them selflessly, and demonstrating love through our actions.