18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
18 My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love.
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
18 Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 John 3:18
Commentary on 1 John 3:16-21
(Read 1 John 3:16-21)
Here is the condescension, the miracle, the mystery of Divine love, that God would redeem the church with his own blood. Surely we should love those whom God has loved, and so loved. The Holy Spirit, grieved at selfishness, will leave the selfish heart without comfort, and full of darkness and terror. By what can it be known that a man has a true sense of the love of Christ for perishing sinners, or that the love of God has been planted in his heart by the Holy Spirit, if the love of the world and its good overcomes the feelings of compassion to a perishing brother? Every instance of this selfishness must weaken the evidences of a man's conversion; when habitual and allowed, it must decide against him. If conscience condemn us in known sin, or the neglect of known duty, God does so too. Let conscience therefore be well-informed, be heard, and diligently attended to.