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Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
Live Up To It
People will say just about anything. When I was buying my first car, I was convinced that my salesman was my best friend. We were just chatting it up and getting along great. After I purchased the car, he told me if anything goes wrong or if you need anything, just give me a ring. We shook hands, parted as friends, and I drove off happy until I got home and noticed a flaw in the car. It was the weekend, and the dealer was closed, but I figured I’d call my new friend when they opened, and certainly, he’s taking care of it. Suffice it to say, my friend was not taking my calls. I had to speak with his manager, and after threatening legal action, they finally took care of my issue. Guess what he said, and who he actually was didn’t exactly line up.
While it can be expected that a salesperson may or may not live up to their pledge of friendship, it often happens to us in the real world as well. For those of us who claim to be followers of Christ, we have to remember that we are bound by what we say. When Christ teaches us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and we profess that, we have to live up to it. It is not just a cliché or some cute words to say in church. Christ actually expects us to do what we said. He actually expects us to love people not just with our words but with our actions as well. We are expected to go the extra mile for others. We are expected to support each other in times of crisis. We are expected to be kind and generous to one another because that is what people who love people do.
We all know that John 3:16 says, God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. The foundation of our faith is the belief that we have a loving God. A God who cares enough about us to meet our needs, watch over us, and to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we would have eternal life. Now, what if those were just words. What if God was just selling us a dream that He had no intention of living up to? Luckily for us, God is not a man that He would lie to or the son of man that he would repent. When God says he loves us, He means it, and He follows his words with his actions. When you tell someone you love them, live up to it, the same way God lives up to it for you.