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Christ’s love moves us to do more than say, “I love you.” Let us love with our actions too.

BibleGateway: 1 John 3:16-24

ESV Text: 1 John 3:16-24

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:4 and ends at about 3:24

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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. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 441:
We Give Thee but Thine Own

— Organ Audio

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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.