“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?
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God bless you and your family, this day and always.
All for the King’s glory,
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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.