FAITH CAPSULE: God wants all to love others.
1 John 3
Do you love others?
1 John 3:11 stated, “For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” Many claims to be a believer but loving one another are not in heart.
Are you living by the word of God obediently or disobediently?
One that is living life by the word of God is answering to God’s command, to love. The Bible records, “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this, we know that we are in Him.” (1 John 2:5) Loving should be the key to the life of the believer.
Jesus gave the parable, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise, a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.” (Luke 10: 30-33)
A man in the parable was attacked and wounded by thieves.
While a priest and a Levite passed by, they saw the wounded but passed on the other side.
Do you love the kind of priest and Levite that passed on and not give love to help?
Unlike believer Priest and Levite, an unbeliever, a certain Samaritan demonstrated love as it is in the word of God for all to love others stated in Luke 10:33, “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
Acclaimed believer, in the name of love, walked away but the sinner, a certain Samaritan, answered to God’s command to love for others.
The sinner had compassion like Jesus, the love of God.
Are you being deceived by others not to love others as commanded by God?
One can be a Priest or Levite and not answer as commanded by God’s word for all to love others. However, know that title can be irrelevant in life but engaging the task of the title is relevant.
A certain Samaritan gave care when he supplied materials and paid the bill in full.
Can you answer the Lord’s question? Luke 10:36 questions, “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
Serving to please God is not only in religious activity but in Christ’s love, to love others.
John 13:34-35 buttresses, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.”
To love others is a command of God.
Living by His command is the evidence of a true follower of Jesus.
Live life by loving others as commanded by God.
Prayer for today: Ask God from the depth of your heart that you want to love others.