• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 30, 2021

Daily Reading: I Corinthians 5-8

1 Corinthians 8:3

But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

Someone once asked the question. “If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Would your co-workers, spouse, children, neighbors, pastor, friends, and family agree, “They love God?” The Bible proclaims that if you do love God the same will be known of you.

But what exactly is it to love God? The Apostle John explained it in I John 5:3: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. This is how others know that a person loves God, that person keeps God’s commandments. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. A person’s works are good when they agree with the Scriptures. The good works are seen of all and they, the good works, glorify the Father, the Lord God.

For example, consider your neighbor. If they observe that you leave your house every Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday night, and they observe that when you leave you are “dressed for church”, perhaps they see you carry your Bible to the vehicle, they probably assume that you are going to church. They see this week after week, year after year. If asked; “Does your neighbor love God?” The natural answer would be “Yes, I see them going to church all the time.” Or something to that effect. Especially, if in between church times you interact with them in a way that a person who loves God would interact with their neighbors.

Loving God is manifested through the life actions of the one loving God. Just like loving your spouse is manifested, or seen, through loving actions, words, and mannerisms toward your spouse. Regardless of how, if a person loves God, the same will be known of them for there is no ambiguity in one’s actions. They may say anything, but their feet, hands, eyes, tongue, heart, and actions always speak louder than the words. For one’s actions always tell the truth.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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