Love leaves a mark on people’s lives. Take, for example, John’s words in 1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” The greatest example of love had impacted John’s life so much that he became known as “The Apostle of Love”. But he didn’t stop at wanting to imitate Jesus’ love, he went further by encouraging all Christians under his pastoral care to walk in that same kind of love. Hear his words to early followers of Jesus: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
John knew you couldn’t be a recipient of God’s love and not love others in tangible ways—in ways that leave a mark on others' lives.
This week, how can you leave a mark of love on someone in your church? In your community? In your family? Perhaps there will be an opportunity to show hospitality, or to provide some help, or to pray for someone, or to encourage someone, or to just be a present, listening friend. Be on the lookout for ways to tangibly “love one another” (1 John 3:11).