Happy New Year, all! Thanks for being here, lurking, reading, commenting! I have some new stuff planned for the blog this year, but I’m happy that the first post of this year is a quote from the most important book.
Scripture Sunday is a weekly post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that were particularly interesting to me. I’m not a qualified expert in any way, so I will keep my thoughts to my highly-subjective impressions. My translation is NIV.
From my reading this week:
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
-1 John 3:16-23
Why I chose it:
Elsewhere in the Bible, Jesus says that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. These verses are similar. It is so, so important going into this year (and always) that I love the people around me, and not with words or speech but “with actions and in truth.” Words are great, I’m a huge fan of their work, and they are a powerful tool. But loving people is an act, and Jesus has already shown us the ultimate loving act of sacrifice.