As Believers, we hear about and experience the love of Jesus. The Amplified version of 1 John 3:16 says that He willingly laid down His life. He wasn’t bullied, forced, or manipulated. He didn’t ask for anything in return. He sacrificed out of love.
The Scriptures remind Believers that everything we do should be done in love. 1 John (TLB) tells us that “we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves”. Living sacrificially means that we live a life where we continually give for others, which shouldn’t be a difficult task. Christ’s followers shouldn’t have hearts of judgement, resentment, bitterness, pride, or stinginess. We should have hearts of love and sacrifice. Now more than ever, the Body of Believers needs to be strengthened and built up. But how can this happen if we do not demonstrate the love that He so willingly gave to all? How can we be the light of the earth if we’re not reflecting the source of this light?
We can try to understand but there is something about God’s love for us that we’ll never comprehend. We are an unworthy people made worthy by His love. He loved and gave so that we can love and give.
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1 John 3:16 (AMP) By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers.
1 John 3:16 (MSG) This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.