1 John 3:16-18

1 John 3:16–18 (ASV)

16Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17But whoso hath the world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him? 18My little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

Nate was a missionary aviator in Ecuador who constantly put his life on the line as he flew in and out of the jungles of Ecuador serving missionaries on the field. For Nate it was simple, “God Himself set the pattern,” he said, “and if He did not hold back His own Son, why should we hold back our own little lives for the sake of security?"
When Ting Li Mei's village was threatened by a flood disaster that had laid surrounding villages to waste, he took to prayers and interceded tirelessly on behalf of his people. But even though his own people were delivered, he didn't stop there. At a great personal risk, he braved the angry waters in order to get help for the surrounding villages, and he succeeded!
Dr. Baedeker had a reputation for being a man who loved others; and was compared to the Apostle John, who wrote so much about love. Baedeker often left home with a rug, but he seldom returned with it, for nearly every time he had given it to someone he met on his travels who was in need.
Charles Morris visited Father Douglas, who was running an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Ebril, Iraq. Father Douglas spoke profoundly about his suffering and that of his people, and of their unshaken trust in Jesus through it all. “All the world thinks that ISIS took everything,” he said. “It is not true...no one can touch our joy; no one can touch our faith.”
A Chinese Christian soldier gives up his life for his fellow soldier, displaying a love that made the fellow officer cry.
In a letter to Mrs. Trotter, Mark Hopkins writes about the extreme self-sacrifice and frugality that marked Lord Radstock's life. He testifies to Lord Radstock's constant putting of the needs of others over his.
From giving up her carriage in spite of ill health to support missions to doing away with her priced and beloved books so she could devote herself more to God, Lady Radstock showed her devotion to Christ and His cause above all else.
Gladys and a convert of hers were about to be discovered by enemy soldiers while rescuing orphans during the Japanese invasion when the convert ran in the opposite direction, drawing attention to himself so Gladys and the kids could escape. He laid down his life for them.
Both Gerry and Dave speak about laying down their lives for others and they followed the command to the letter. They felt the conviction to be an open community, showing love to those around them by not hiding behind security fences. God gave them the grace to carry it through.
During a trip, a mother and son were caught in a disaster with just space for one to survive. The mother sacrificed her life for her son, reflecting the sacrifice of Christ for us.
Three little children were missing on a cold autumn night. The eldest one, merely six years old, removed most of her clothes to cover her two siblings. She was dead from hypothermia when they were found, having sacrificed her clothes for her siblings, who were alive and safe.