“In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.” – RC Sproul
Throughout the Bible, we see that love is a primary focus, with the ultimate act of love committed through Christ’s willing sacrifice of Himself for our sins upon the cross. Christ is the truest example of love, because Christ’s didn’t use the word love as a noun, but rather a verb… rather a lifestyle. Christ is an example of love when He slipped out of His royal garments, to leave eternity in order to enter time. Christ’s love for us is so great that He left the peace of heaven to feel the pain He knew He would have to endure on the cross. The love of Christ that stretches out and holds the stars is the very same love that wears our scars. Our hearts have been purchased by the love of Christ, and in the same way that Christ loves us, we are called to be an example of love. We are called to be an example of live amongst a world that is desperately searching for love.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
What does it mean to be an example in love? Do we take love from being a noun to a verb? Do we transform it from just a 4 letter word with meaning to an actual action that’s meaningful? What does it mean to be an example in love?
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
We are an example of love in how we treat others, by the words the come out of our mouths, and by sacrificing ourselves and our desires for Christ. We are called to a lifestyle of worship and you cannot live a life of worship without love and you cannot have love without sacrifice. So God sent His only Son down to earth to be born in a feeding trough and live among people who would ultimately reject Him and crucify Him, a crucifixion that was physically, mentally, and spiritually painful on levels we cannot begin to comprehend, in the ultimate act of love to save us from the death we deserved! That is love and that is what it means to be an example in love! We may not have the ability to spiritually save anyone, but we do have the duty to share with others the same love that we experience. As Christians, we are called to be an example in love. As Christians we are called to share the love of Christ with others even when it feels awkward or scary. We are called to do chores without being told, to pick up after ourselves so that others do not have to. Perhaps even something so simple as telling someone that we are praying for them! To be an example in love is to sacrifice ourselves in the same fashion that Christ sacrificed Himself for us. It’s not about getting from people but giving to people and loving them! So who have you loved today? Are you asking God to show you ways that you can share his love today?
~ Blayne T. Abts
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10