Because you’re Beautiful: Philia (φιλία philía)
By: A.S.B. Jr.
Edited By: K. Smith
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (NIV)
When the word love comes to my mind sometimes I start to think about good R&B oldies. Artist like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Anita Baker, and Sade’ all come to mind because their classics. Bob Merrill made a great point when he wrote the song "Love Makes the World Go 'Round," from the musical film ‘Lili'. William Shakespeare produced and wrote most of his plays. Most of his plays dealt with a form of love, and they were quiet often tragedies. Romeo and Juliet and Anthony and Cleopatra dealt with the death of one’s lover. In most cases love enables the characters to overcome their difficulties and find happiness in the end as is shown in plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Displaying action in love (the way the Bible interprets it) is typically clear for people to take notice of.
The writer John was showing us a tune or beat by which we should think or display genuine love to those people who we may come across. God has given you and me a new heart to love with. When you accepted Christ as your lord and savior, the things that make a genuine Christian are not words but motives and actions. Christ was able to lay down his life knowing that we have desires contrary to what He shares, and His are out of genuine love. So if our motives have been evil, He gives people an option to have a good “happy ever after” ending to what could have become dire and dismal.
Turn the volume of your heart to the Love channel…