Abraham, Abraham is youth pastor at Bishop Marshall Gilmore CME Church in Uyo, Nigeria. He is an active member of the Young Adult Council in Nigeria. He is the Secretary General of the Young Adult Council in the Uyo/Itu District of Eastern Region, Nigeria. He is also serving as the National President of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church students Fellowship of Nigeria (CMECSFON). He has written many articles including the recent publication of CME Church, Uyo. He is also a presenter in one of the most watched TV programs in the state, “YOUTH CORNER.” He is a student in the University of Uyo, studying History and International Studies.
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:17 - 18)
The Bible informs us that the love of God has been deposited in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). So if you're born again, you ought to necessarily love and that love must go beyond mere taking positive action towards others. Our opening scripture in the Message Translation reads, "If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it, but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's Love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. My dear friends, let’s not just talk about love; let's practice real love."
Again, the Bible says "...he that loveth not his brother who he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"
(1 John 4: 20) So, you actually prove your love for God and towards Him in the way you show love for others, especially fellow believers. If you don't actively love those for whom Jesus died, then you really don't love God.
See God in your brothers and sisters in Christ. Every little act of love or Kindness you show to a fellow believer has great reward, for you're actually doing it unto the Lord. (Matthew 25:35-45)
No wonder the Apostle John declared, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (1 John 3:16)
This means that we ought to love others selflessly and unconditionally as Christ has loved us.
Learn to help and give to others; genuinely care for others. Go the extra mile to assist someone else today! Never allow selfishness or self-centeredness any place in your heart. At every opportunity, do good to someone. Don't just talk about Love; practice real Love today!