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In his book, “Love Does”, Bob Goff makes these observations:

  • The ones Jesus first picked to follow Him started out typical, to be sure.
  • God is constantly inviting them into a life that moves away from the typical.
  • Jesus lets us be real with our life and our faith.
  • He said we’d know the extent of our love by how well we loved people.

(all from page 15)

Let’s stop right there on that last point. I have been thinking on this for days now. Notice – we will know the extent of our love by how well we love people. Not by how much people love us. {{Ouch!}}

Yet most of us, if we’re honest, desire to be on the receiving end more so than on the giving end.

I recently set out to find the answer to the question – How does Jesus call us to love?

“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.” (1 John 3:18-19, NLT)

Real love involves self-sacrifice. Not others necessarily sacrificing for us but each of us sacrificing of ourselves. We do this by becoming more concerned with the needs of others than with our own needs. We become willing to unselfishly give of our time, our effort, and our prayers.

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring one another.” (Romans 12:9-10, NLT)

No pretense. Genuine love. Honoring one another, again, means to put the needs of others before your own.

Sometimes we wonder what God would have us to do. What is His will for us? Does He have commands He wants us to follow? Let Jesus’ words speak for themselves …

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35, NLT)

Jesus was telling His disciples to love each other with the sort of love they had seen and experienced modeled by Jesus Himself. Loving in this manner would be the proof the world needed to see, in order to know they were His.

To “prove” >>

  • establishes the genuineness of
  • establishes the authenticity
  • shows the character or ability expected especially through the actions

Did you catch the last definition? It is our love especially demonstrated through our actions which will display our character.


Today I am asking myself … What is my love demonstrating?


Today I am joining … Three Word Wednesday and Tell His Story and Wedded Wednesday and Works For Me and Women With Intention .