LEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
I JOHN 3: 18
(PAGE 1778 COME ALIVE BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST said, "By this shall all men know that you are my
disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13: 35).
This was His litmus test for love.
The Bible or New Testament has been translated into all of the
world's major languages. The entire Bible is translated into a
total of 293 languages spoken by 90% of the world's population.
The New Testament is available in another 618 languages.
However, there are still 300,000,000 million people with no
portion of Scripture in their language. Currently 3,000 Bible
translators are working on 1,400 translation projects.
However, there is a strategic translation that needs to be made
by you which only your friends will read. It is the language of
love. I heard it explained simply and eloquently recently. I
assisted in conducting the funeral of a man who had the good
fortune of living all of his life in the North Georgia
mountains. Also participating was a retired minister who had
lived as the neighbor of the deceased for years. He commented of
his friend and neighbor: "He lived next door to me for 31 years
and never once told me he loved me."
Initially I thought, "How sad."
After only a momentary pause he continued, "But, I never doubted
he loved me for he showed it in so many ways by the things he
did." Then he quoted our text:
"...let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in
truth" (I John 3: 18).
Let that reverberate in ...
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