Miller’s Monday Musings #42: True Love is Lived Out!

by | Dec 20, 2021 | Love and Kindness, Miller's Monday Musings | 2 comments

True Love

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18).

More and more, Christian people are learning that true religion must have adequate and fitting expression in the life. A good creed and active service in Christian work are not the best tests of Christlikeness. It is in Christian character, and in the exercise of the spiritual graces in life’s contacts, that Christian culture finds its finest expression.

To put it more simply, love is the true measure of Christian life. Becoming a Christian is simply letting the love of God into the heart. This true love is something which cannot be hid. If it is in the heart, it will work its way out in the life. As one person has put it, “When God comes to man, man looks around for his neighbor.” That is how it always is. The love of God does not dwell in a man who does not love his neighbor. The nearer we come to the heart of Christ, the deeper and tenderer becomes our interest in our brothers and sisters.

“Be what thou seemest; live thy creed; 
Hold up to earth the torch Divine; 
Be what thou prayest to be made; 
Let the great Master’s steps be thine. 
“Sow love, and taste its fruitage pure; 
Sow peace, and reap its harvest bright; 
Sow sunbeams on the rock and moor, 
And find a harvest-home of light.” 

– Mr. Bonar

In what ways can you do something for someone in your life today that will show the love of God to them? How can you share true love with your family members in particular?   

I’d love to your thoughts on this post! Feel free to share your reflections and ask your questions in the Comments section below.

God bless you and your family, this day and always.

All for the King’s glory,

Christian

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This post is another installment of Miller’s Monday Musings, a weekly series that is published every Monday on my website. The series features selected writings that have been adapted from the works of James Russell Miller (1840-1912), a much-beloved Christian author and pastor who is well-remembered for his practical thoughts on Christian home and family life. Learn more about this weekly series by clicking here.

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  1. ANA

    HOLA HERMANO: NUEVAMENTE LE ESCRIBO Y ME GUSTA ESTE MENSAJE QUE PULICO, CREO QUE LO MEJOR QUE PUEDO HACER POR ALGUIEN, ES PRESENTARLE AL SALVADOR JESUS, HABLARLE DE SU AMOR POR TODOS, DE SU SACRIFICIO EN LA CRUZ, DE EL REGALO DE LA VIDA ETERNA A TRAVES DE ESE SACRIFICIO, DECIRLE QUE LOS PECADOS LE SON PERDONADOS, SI LO ACEPTA COMO SEÑOR Y SALVADOR Y QUE SU VIDA PUEDE CAMBIAR Y SER NUEVA CRIATURA EN EL, LO MISMO QUE A NUESTRA FAMILIA, QUE SIGAMOS EN LA SENDA DE CRISTO, QUE ESTE MUNDO ES SOLO FICTICIO, LO REAL ESTA POR VENIR, CUANDO EL SEÑOR DE SEÑORES EL REY DE REYES, VENGA A LA TIERRA A LLEVAR A SU ESPOSA AMADA. Y VIVAMOS ETERNAMENTE EN SU LUZ. QUE EL SEÑOR LE BENDIGA RICAMENTE.

    [translation]
    HELLO BROTHER: AGAIN I WRITE TO YOU AND I LIKE THIS MESSAGE THAT I READ, I BELIEVE THAT THE BEST THING I CAN DO FOR SOMEONE, IS TO INTRODUCE THE SAVIOR JESUS, TALK TO HIM ABOUT HIS LOVE FOR EVERYONE, ABOUT HIS SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS, ABOUT THE GIFT OF LIFE ETERNAL THROUGH THAT SACRIFICE, TELL HIM THAT SINS ARE FORGIVEN HIM, IF YOU ACCEPT HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR AND THAT HIS LIFE CAN CHANGE AND BE A NEW CREATURE IN HIM, THE SAME AS OUR FAMILY, THAT WE FOLLOW IN THE PATH OF CHRIST, THAT THIS WORLD IS ONLY FICTICIOUS, THE REAL IS TO COME, WHEN THE LORD OF LORDS THE KING OF KINGS, COMES TO EARTH TO TAKE HIS BELOVED BRIDE. AND LET US LIVE ETERNALLY IN HIS LIGHT. MAY THE LORD RICHLY BLESS YOU.

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    • Christian Horstmann

      Thank you for sharing, Ana! Yes, there is no better message to tell someone than that, and it does indeed show true love for their soul! Blessings to you as well!
      ~ Christian

      [translation]
      ¡Gracias por compartir, Ana! Sí, no hay mejor mensaje para decirle a alguien que ese, ¡y de hecho muestra el verdadero amor por su alma! ¡Bendiciones para ti también!
      ~ Cristiano

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