Love in Deed and Truth

1 John 3:18 NASB
18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

From NetBible 1 Jn 3:18

  • *understand the first noun in each pair as produced by the second noun: Words are produced by the tongue, and the (righteous) deeds with which believers are to love one another are produced by the truth.

Words are produced by the tongue
Deeds are produced by Truth
=> The way we love one another is produced by Truth.

1 Peter 1:22 AMP
22 Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.
23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

Obedience to the Truth(Word of God) purifies the heart
This purification precedes the ability to love one another fervently.

Ephesians 5:8-11 NASB
8 … you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them …

 

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Treat Others In All Purity
Doctrine Divides! Love Unifies!

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3 Responses to “Love in Deed and Truth”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Adrian Rogers quote:
    “It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. Let me tell you something, friend, it is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth, than to be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It’s better to stand alone with the truth, than to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel and Paul said, “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” -Gal1:8

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    Revelation 3:1-2
    Message to Sardis

    1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

    He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.

    1 Thessalonians 5:4-5
    4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;

    It’s the deeds that make them dead — that the Lord is not pleased with —

    ==> the deeds are probably not based in truth
    ==> they may look like love or goodness
    ==> but if not based in Truth the Lord will not be pleased …

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