The PROOF of Love

“If you love Me, prove it,” is a challenge to Christians from
God–although the wording is not exactly in this form. Jesus said it
this way: “‘If you love Me, keep My commandments'” (John 14:15).

are all a bit guilty in proclaiming our love for God and Jesus Christ
without doing those things that really prove that we love God. Abraham
willingly and unquestioningly prepared to offer his son Isaac just as
God had commanded him to do! That was a test for Abraham, and he proved
his unparalleled love for his God.

What Abraham did is
memorialized in God’s Word–in particular, Hebrews 11:17-19: “By faith
Abraham, when he was TESTED, offered up Isaac, and he who had received
the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In
Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise
him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a
figurative sense.”

God has already proven His love for us in that
He actually did that for which Abraham was only tested (Compare John
3:16). Jesus spoke of His own love and of His willingness to prove it
when He told His disciples–His friends, “‘Greater love has no one than
this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends'” (John 15:13). Jesus
died for all–for the sins of all of us! (Compare Romans 6:10; 1
Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

Here is our test: “I
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you
present your bodies a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable to God, which
is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

Just how we do that
“reasonable service” is further defined in God’s Word. Our answer is
found in this straightforward definition of how we should love God:
“For this is the love of God, that WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. And His
commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

When you hear
someone profess their love for the Father and for His Son, examine
their words and actions based on God’s Word. More importantly, see if
this is a test you can pass–it really is our proof of love!

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