As a Christian, the greatest commandment you have been given is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandment sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets” [Matthew 22:37-40, AMP]. This kind of love for both God and your neighbor is not the lip-service kind of love, but rather love that is put into action. Apostle John put it even more succinctly when he said, “Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth [in practice and in sincerity]” [1 John 3:18, AMP].
For a moment, imagine how the world and most importantly your life would be if God loved the human race so much, but was not moved to compassion for our sinful nature and left us alone to “figure out the salvation thing for ourselves”. Imagine how chaotic and catastrophic our lives would be today. Yet, ‘instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ” [Ephesians 2:4-5, THE MSG]. This verse does not only reveal the rich nature of God’s character and gives us reason to rejoice, but it also compels us to put our love into action.
You cannot genuinely love without having and showing mercy towards the plight of another person, whether the person is a Christian or not, because “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” [Romans 5:8, NIV]. He didn’t wait for us to become Christians or born again before He put into action His love for us. Yes, He despised our sins greatly as He is a Holy God. Nonetheless, His love for us moved Him to send Jesus to die for us. This is the same kind of merciful love we ought to show towards others. However, we need to do so with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
So today, LOVE but love in TRUTH and in ACTION!