We always are saying how we “love” our family and our friends, but do we truly love them?
Jn. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
1Jn. 4:20-21 If we say we love God, but hate others, we are liars. For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen.
The command that Christ has given us is this: whoever loves God must love others also.
Not only should we say we love one another but show our love by acts of kindness. When we do these acts of kindness it however should not be for own benefit. We often do things and expect some sort of thanks in return for our small deeds. Jesus showed us undying love, by giving His life, and He did not go around saying “Look what I have done for you, now thank Me, Give Me gifts of thanks, be grateful!” Yet we go and do small things for people and seek out the thanks and almost tell people to be grateful. We not only expect thanks but we go around telling others of the acts that we have done, we boast of what we should be humble about. It really can be hard though to show our love and be servants when people are ungrateful of we have done. Yet how thankful are we for what God did for us?
Jn._13:34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another.
1Jn. 3:18 My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.
Php. 2:2-5 I urge you, then, to make me completely happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and being one in soul and mind.
Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves.
And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.
The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had.