16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
(3:16). This verse lays out the perfect example by what love is be measured. John states that we know the love of God because of his demonstration of that love at the cross. So the love of God is in direct correlation with the cross. How do we know that God loved us? His action at the cross is proof of His love. The word for love is “agape” is the highest form of love. The Greek language has different forms of the word love, each with different meanings and levels of importance. In this verse he simply says in order for us to follow in Christ’s example of love we must follow His actions - lay down our lives for one another.
(3:17). John transitions from theological truth to application in this verse. The Greek phrase is “shut up his bowels”. Bowels are descriptive of the inner heart or feelings. In other words, those who reject and don't help with basic needs of life are strangers to God.
Action Steps: - What can you give up today to show love to others? - What is a practical way you can share and help someone today?