The Love Test


sand heart


does not love

abides in death.”



What does your love reveal? Strange question perhaps but if you think about it cuts to the core of who we are. That is why it is so important to our Father and why Jesus makes it kind of a litmus test of true faith. Who & what do you love? How do you love? What is the character and scope of your love. Wrestle with these questions as you reflect on 1John 3:11-18 through the weekend.

Here’s what I know about us all. We all want to be loved. We dream of a pure fairy tale kind of love that never fails and produces deep unending joy. Problem: without Jesus, all human love is broken and polluted. Sure we have moments and spots of holier love, but if we are honest for the most part our love is conditional and selfish. We have been loved in false ways and we in turn love others in false ways as well.

Love is defined in verse 16. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us.” Jesus defines love. In fact only Jesus can really fully truly love us. IF we are willing to let Him do that something changes in us as a result. His love flows through us and our love becomes more holy and less polluted. That is why He makes such a big deal of it. We learn to love only by being loved at this level. That is why Jesus makes is a litmus test of real faith. Only those who have let Jesus love them find the capacity to love others in such a whole unbroken, unpolluted manner.

So, I invite you to reflect on the Truth of God and the reality of your love. What does your love reveal? What would it look like to let Jesus love flow through?