|In the May
2007 issue of Mighty Angels, His Grace Bishop Youssef writes:
"My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18).
My Beloved Children,
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, ONE God, Amen.
Our Lord Jesus Christ expressed the deepest kind of love toward His children through His crucifixion. Through His death, we gained our salvation. "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men" (Titus 2:11). In order that "He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works" (Titus 2:14).
To love in deed and in truth can be seen in your actions; in how you treat one another. Our Lord gave us a new commandment to "love one another" (John 13:34) so that when you deal with your parents, friends, priest, Sunday School servant, and all the people around you, even your enemy, let it be in the spirit of love.
Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States