1 John 3:18 - The Completeness Of Christian Character.

1 John 3:18 (NIV) Dear children, let us not 
love with words or speech but with actions and in 

1 John 3:18 (NLT) Dear children, lets not 
merely say that we love each other; let us show the 
truth by our actions.  

1 John 3:18 (GW) Dear children, we must show 
love through actions that are sincere, not 
through empty words.  

1 John 3:18 (TEV) My children, our love 
should not be just words and talk; it must be true 
love, which shows itself in action.  


A Constant Inner Impulse. The completeness 
of Christian character is attained when the 
impulse to help and bless others springs constantly 
from within. It is the atmosphere of this love 
surrounding the soul of the believer that makes him a 
savor of life unto life and enables God to bless 
his work. AA551 [Remnant SB] 


   The completeness of Christian character 
is attained when the impulse to help and bless 
others springs constantly from within. It is the 
atmosphere of this love surrounding the soul of the 
believer that makes him a savor of life unto life and 
enables God to bless his work. 
   Supreme love for God and unselfish love 
for one another - this is the best gift that our 
heavenly Father can bestow. This love is not an 
impulse, but a divine principle, a permanent power. 
The unconsecrated heart cannot originate or 
produce it. Only in the heart where Jesus reigns is 
it found. We love Him, because He first 
loved us. In the heart renewed by divine grace, 
love is the ruling principle of action. It 
modifies the character, governs the impulses, 
controls the passions, and ennobles the affections. 
This love, cherished in the soul, sweetens the 
life and sheds a refining influence on all 
around. AA551 


The true test of Christian character is 
actions, not words. That's true in any area of life; 
what we do speaks louder than what we say. And 
that's why the apostle John isn't content for God's 
people to love only in words. Love shows itself in 
actions: meeting people's needs, showing concern and 
making sacrifices. One of the most significant 
charges Jesus made against the religious leaders who 
opposed him was that their lives didn't line up with 
their words. They were hypocrites. God means for 
us to be consistent - for our minds and hearts 
and actions to line up with the truth we 
profess. Our love for others is not only to be heard 
but also to be seen. [NIV Once A Day Bible] 


If You're Seeking Joy
   Patty was the picture of unselfishness. 
It's impossible to imagine how many kids she 
hugged, diapers she changed, children she taught, 
and hearts she encouraged. 
   Three months earlier a brain condition 
had left her unable to speak, partially 
paralyzed, and living in a rehabilitation center. Her 
spirits sank so low she did not want to eat and had 
trouble sleeping. One evening her daughter had an 
idea. She placed her mother in a wheelchair and 
rolled her from room to room, looking for people 
who needed encouragement. It didn't take long.  
   Though unable to speak, Patty could touch 
and pray. So she did both. She patted other 
patients and then placed her hand on their hearts and 
bowed her head. For the better part of the 
evening, she touched and prayed her way through the 
rehab center. That night her appetite returned, 
and she slept peacefully. 
   The words of Jesus are spot-on: "It is 
more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35 
NKJV). Because when you do, it has a boomerang 
effect. [You Can Count On God by Max Lucado] 

Dry Sponges
   One way to think about the recovery 
process is to imagine what water does to a dry 
sponge. We come into the process dried up and 
thirsting for life. We've tried other things, but so 
far nothing has helped. We have come to the 
realization that no one but our Creator is going to be 
able to provide what we so desperately need.  
   In the same way a dry sponge soaks up all 
the water it is exposed to, the Celebrate 
Recovery process allows us to soak up God's peace, 
love, grace, and forgiveness. Oh, how good that 
feels when our dry spirits soak up all that 
life-giving water! Eventually, though, we reach our 
saturation point. We can't hold any more until we allow 
ourselves to be wrung out on those around us through 
our service. Then we can soak up more. This is a 
healthy process, because - as we all know - a 
waterlogged sponge left on the counter for a few days 
will begin to stink. 
   The old saying "You can't keep it unless 
you give it away" is right. This is why service 
is so important. If we come into the process, 
soak up God's goodness, then fail to give back, 
we'll soon be like that waterlogged sponge: we 
become rancid and begin to smell. God's way is to 
fill us, wring us out, and fill us again. 
   Holy Father, I love to feel your 
life-giving Spirit flowing within me. Remind me to stay 
fresh and healthy by sharing with others what 
you've given to me. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
[Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny 

Character And Faith
   My parents had a profound impact on me. 
My mother's kind and gentle character and 
concern for the spiritual welfare of others are 
reaping fruit still today. I recall also with deep 
gratitude my father's example of honesty, integrity, 
discipline, and hard work. 
   Over the years countless others have 
influenced me and changed me by the examples of their 
lives - although I am sure they were unaware of 
it. The same has probably been true of people in 
your life. 
   The greatest legacy you can pass on is 
the legacy of your character and your faith. If 
our character is bad, marked by lack of 
integrity or any other negative quality, this is how 
we will be remembered. But if our character and 
integrity have been shaped by Christ over the years, 
others can't help but see this and remember it. 
   Why is faith our greatest legacy? Because 
the memory of what we were like - not just our 
personalities but our character and our faith - has the 
potential to influence others for Christ. How do you 
want to be remembered? 
   What kind of legacy are you leaving? 
[Peace for Each Day by Billy Graham] 


Love Is an Action
   Love is more than attraction and more 
than arousal. Its also more than 
sentimentality, like so many pop songs suggest. By this 
standard, is love dead when the emotion is gone? No, 
not at all. Because love is an action; love is a 
   Over and over again in the Bible, God 
commands us to love each other. And you cant 
command an emotion. If I told you, Be sad! you 
couldnt be sad on cue. Just like an actor, you can 
fake it, but youre not wired for your emotions 
to change on command. You know that truth if 
youve ever told a little kid, Be happy! 
Im trying, daddy! 
   If love were just an emotion, God 
couldnt command it. But love is something you do. 
Yes, it can produce emotion, but love is an 
   The Bible says, Let us stop just 
saying we love each other; let us really show it by 
our actions (1 John 3:18 NLT). We can talk a 
good act: I love people. But do we really 
love them? Do you really love them? Our love is 
revealed in how we act toward them. [Daily Devotional 
by Rick Warren: 

Verses 17, 18 give an example of how to give 
up our life for others - to help those in need. 
This is strikingly similar to James's teaching 
(James 2:14-17). How clearly do your actions say 
you really love others? Are you as generous as 
you should be with your money, possessions, and 
time? [Life Application SB] 


James 2:17 - Faith and Works.


Acts 20:35 - It Is More Blessed To Give Than 
To Receive.