We should love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.—1 John 3:18.
Love based on right principles (a·gaʹpe) is a gift from Jehovah. He is its Source. (1 John 4:7) This kind of love is the highest form of love. While it can include affection and warmth, it is primarily identified by unselfish actions for the good of others.
According to one reference work, a·gaʹpe “can be known only from the actions it prompts.”
When we show or are shown unselfish love, our lives are enriched, being filled with joy and meaning.
Jehovah showed love for humans even before he created Adam and Eve. He made the earth to be man’s everlasting home, a place where man does not just survive but enjoys life to the full. Jehovah did this solely for our benefit, not for personal gain. He further showed unselfish love by blessing his children on earth with the prospect of living forever in the Paradise that he had prepared for them. w17.10 7 ¶1-2
Nederlandse versie / Dutch version: Elkaar liefhebben met daden en in oprechtheid
Afrikaanse versie / Afrikaanse weergawe: Om mekaar lief te hê met dade en opregtheid
Duitse versie / Deutsche Version: Mit Taten und Aufrichtigkeit einander lieben
Franse versie / Version Française: S’aimer avec des actes et avec sincérité