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1 John 3: 18(KJV)
18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
“A Christian may be assured of his good estate, and may build his assurance upon the sincerity of his love to God and Christians.”
It was noted that when the venerable John could no longer walk to the meetings of the Church but was borne thither by his disciples, he always uttered the same address to the Church. He continued to remind them of that one commandment which he had received from Christ Himself, as comprising all the rest, and forming the distinction of the new covenant, “My little children, love one another.” When the brethren present, wearied of hearing the same thing so often, asked why he always repeated the same thing, he replied, “Because it is the commandment of the Lord, and if this one thing be attained, it is enough” [Jerome].
The prohibition before us as it been observed is not against expressions of love and concern for others; for, in their place, these are beautiful and helpful. What is forbidden is the substitution of loving words for needed assistance, which is here called loving “in word.” An even worse error is that of merely using the vocabulary of love without any sincerity whatever, that is, talking of a love and concern for others without either the desire or any intention of doing anything except talking about it. This is called by John, “loving … with the tongue.” The world is loaded with “word” lovers and “tongue” lovers! Christians are expected to love “in deed and in truth.”
That is, let us not love only by making in words fair promises, or by expressing sympathy with the tongue, but by giving effect to our sympathy by works, and by making our word true, by fulfilling it. Here we find the same arrangement as in many other instances; the “word” has its correspondence in “truth;” and “tongue in “work.”
This exhortation by John cannot be over emphasized and it serves as an encouragement and reminder to them and us is the exercise of this true love, hereby we shall know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him: That is, “By such efficacy and real fruits of our love we shall know that we are true Christians, who live by, and walk according to the rule of the gospel, which is emphatically stilled the truth, and shall have the assured testimony of our consciences, that we are sincere in the sight of God.”
Here we see that the love of Christians one to another ought not to be verbal, or in word only, but in deed, and in truth. We should be careful to note that the sincerity of our love to our brethren is the security of our consciences and estates before God. Friends, let us not profess by the tongue that we love, but prove it by the deed; for this is the only true way of shewing love.
Have a great and God filled day!