1 John 3:
In 1 John 3, we find some incredible words of wisdom, on loving one another.
It’s interesting that his first words in this chapter are: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us…” (1 John 3:1) He speaks of God’s love before our call to love.
Moving on, we see that as John begins to focus on our duty to love each other, he warns us with the following:
“Do not be surprised…if the world hates you.” (3:13)
Unfortunately, showing love to people who do not know Christ, will not always have great returns. John wants to be clear that our lives must reflect Christ’s love always, despite the outcome of showing that love!
Finally, what I needed today, was found in verses 16 through 20.
John starts be saying, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” (3:16)
Then, we find John speaking to us. He tells us that we should lay down our lives for each other (if the situation should present itself). That’s crazy talk, yet it is the highest form of showing love; we strive for this kind of love.
These verses reminded me that Francis Chan recently produced a literary work called “Crazy Love.” Chan emphasizes that sacrificial love is the greatest love that humanity can ever truly fathom. Looking at Christ’s example, He died out of an eternal sacrificial love. Now that’s some Crazy Love!
Chan also challenges us as believers to think about this eternal sacrificial love each and everyday of our lives. While driving to work or while wandering around a grocery store; allow that thought to saturate your mind. It will change how you live and love people in your day-to-day life.