Test of Love

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 3:11-24

None of us enjoys tests but they do serve a worthwhile purpose; that is why schools continue to use them. So, writes John, there are tests to determine if we truly belong to God. One such test is how much we care for others: that care is called “love.” And the best exhibit of that love is Jesus: His friends ran away from Him; nails tore His flesh; the eyes of His enemies burned with hate; and the Father forsook Him. But still Christ said: “I love you” and He backed His words with actions: “Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” (v. 16).

Lloyd John Ogilvie, now chaplain of the U.S. Senate, pastored the Hollywood Presbyterian Church. Once he asked his congregation and radio audience to send suggestions for sermons based on “My greatest need is….” He received thousands of requests but never did anyone ask for a message on “My deepest need is to learn how to become a servant of people.” I wonder if he ever received a request for: “I need to learn how to love better.” But I would guess that he did receive many requests for “I need to be loved more.” “The world is full of takers and givers,” said a church elder to me recently. “And the givers have more fun.” Amen!


“Now let me learn of Christ: He speaks and I shall find He lightens my dark mind. Let me love in Christ as He has first loved me. As He endured the cross, so let me love in Christ.” (Christopher Idle)