1 John 3:18- “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
Love is God. Love is an ACTION verb. Love is Jesus Christ taking on human flesh, carrying my sin to the grave, and claiming the victory as He resurrected from that same grave. Love took on a form that we could understand. Love that is merely words isn’t love at all. Love apart from action is flattery, is performance. Love stirs emotion and creates change. Love is God. Love is an action.
1 John 3:19-20-“This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”
So many times our hearts lie to us. They cry out, “Guilty! Condemned!” They remind us of the filthy state of our hearts. They remind us that we can never, NEVER atone for all that we have done. And in that regard, our hearts our correct. We can never outweigh our bad with our attempted good. BUT we have hope. Christ died that we might have life and life abundant! Christ, in LOVE personified, took on human flesh! Christ traded places with me! He freely took my sin and entrusted me with HIS righteousness. Wow! What a beautiful depiction and description of love in its purest and most powerful form. The beauty of salvation is that I DON’T deserve it; it’s that I fall short every time. The story of the cross would lose its power if we weren’t people in need of a Savior. He doesn’t ask for perfection. He asks for a heart humbled by sin, in awe of the Savior, and hungry for more of Him. He gives His love freely, and He asks only for our hearts in return. When these hearts that we’ve given Him cry out in disbelief, and they will many times cry out in disbelief, He reassures them that He is enough. They will, time and time again, see the weight of His glory and the weight of our sin and be astounded that He would accept us. They will declare that we have no right. This is true. We have no right. But God is the judge, the true and righteous judge. When He sees my heart, He sees the righteousness of Christ, who died that I might have life. When my heart tells me that I have no right to commune with Him, the Lord draws me near to His heart, speaks tenderly to my soul, and tells me, “Beloved, you were worth it all.”