|Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. -1 John 3:18
I have noticed that many have debased the word ‘love.’ I asked a few people how they knew that they were in love with someone. Some of the responses I got were; “I can’t explain it, “It’s just a feeling I have,” “I can’t think of anything or anyone besides him,” “she just makes me so happy”…Have you noticed a commonality between these answers? All three responses are based on feelings and emotions. There is nothing wrong with this, but there has to be more to love than just feelings.
Human beings are very fickle by nature. Our emotions can change as quickly as we change a pair of shoes, so love has to be more than that. It just has to be! The verse above warns us not to love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. When Jesus wanted to show his love to us, he allowed himself to be imprisoned, beaten, bruised, broken, pierced, crucified, and eventually killed. He did all of these despite the possibility that his love would not be reciprocated. Jesus decided that he loved us, and he acted on that love so that he might prove his love to us. What have you done to prove your love to him?
Many of us tend to use the phrase ‘Lord we love you’ a lot, but what do we do to prove this love? Have you wearied yourself for him? Have you allowed yourself to be humiliated for him? Have you denied yourself on his behalf? Have you dedicated any time to him? Have you even gotten to know him? Have you placed his needs above yours? Have you helped the needy? Have you given to the less privileged? Have you crucified your flesh for him? What have you done to show your love?
I want to encourage you all to really think about the word ‘love’ before we just nonchalantly throw it around. If you truthfully love someone, prove it to them with your actions and not just with your words. This is what differentiates your love from that of the world. When you tell that special person or those special people in your life that you love them, let it be evident that it is rooted in godliness before all else. Love sacrificially, love unconditionally, love selflessly, love faithfully, love fearlessly… Love is a beautiful feeling, but it is even more beautiful when backed up with actions.
A new command I give you: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” –John 13:34
Jesus has given you a challenge today; love others as he has loved you! Love as he loves!
Stay blessed and spread the word.