For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
James 2:26 NKJV
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1
John 3:17 NKJV
These scriptures show us that both faith and love are expressed by a corresponding action. Whether we are doing something for someone or giving something to someone both faith and love are expressed by action. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16 NKJV) Jesus showed us his love by dying for us. What we really believe we live. Faith is more than a belief and love is more than a feeling. Let me be clear. We don’t work for salvation, but we do workout our salvation. John Wimber said, “People who are saved act like it.” Jesus came to save us from our sins and ourselves. Jesus didn’t just die for us; he died as us so that we would not just live for ourselves. The most miserable existence is one of sel shness. I find it interesting how many Christian church going people are depressed and even medicated for depression. If you want to be cheerful listen to the timeless advice of Mark Twain who said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”17 Please understand I am not judging anyone. What I am simply saying is, if we lived our lives by focusing less on ourselves, we would probably be a lot less depressed.
Healthy people love themselves because they understand that God has chosen to love them. They understand that they are loved by God and a lot of their life is spent on trying to love others because they know that they are loved. If you really experience the love of God, it is impossible to not give it away.