Love is a matter of doing, not just of saying we will do.

Love is a matter of doing, not just of saying we will do.

BibleGateway: 1 John 3:16-23

ESV Text: 1 John 3:16-23

1 John 3:16–23 (Listen)

16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:4 and ends at about 3:14

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16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

     20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

     23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 441 (LSB 781):
We Give Thee but Thine Own

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1. We give Thee but Thine own, 
Whate’er the gift may be; 
All that we have is Thine alone, 
A trust, O Lord, from Thee. 

2. May we Thy bounties thus 
As stewards true receive 
And gladly, as Thou blessest us, 
To Thee our first-fruits give! 

3. Oh, hearts are bruised and dead, 
And homes are bare and cold, 
And lambs for whom the Shepherd bled 
Are straying from the fold. 

4. To comfort and to bless, 
To find a balm for woe, 
To tend the lone and fatherless, 
Is angels’ work below. 

5. The captive to release, 
To God the lost to bring, 
To teach the way of life and peace, 
It is a Christlike thing. 

6. And we believe Thy Word, 
Though dim our faith may be: 
Whate’er for Thine we do, O Lord, 
We do it unto Thee. 


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