My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
Love is THEE most important and main theme of the Bible. You can have everything you want in the world or can be the most popular, or most humble or most kind person but if you do not have love, you have nothing. Jesus died on the cross for our sin, went to the grave and took the keys of hell, conquered death… ALL for love! He wanted to make a statement of His GREAT love for us!
Back to the verse above, “let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” John was saying that we should not only tell others we love them, but to show them. Love is a verb, an action word. We should BE love to others. For example, I am married. What would it be like if day in and day out I only told my husband that I loved him but never actually did anything to show my love or affection? It would be a rough marriage. A loveless marriage. Now acting love is is physically doing something for someone. Hugging, giving a card, making a favorite meal for that person, helping a sick person out by cleaning their house, giving gifts… especially a gift that has thought to it. This done in marriage would go a long way. Done to family or a good friend would show affection and care, done to a stranger or an enemy… this, this would melt the hardest of hearts. And yes I said an enemy. Acting love out also means you have to do hard things, like loving on your enemies or speaking truth into someone’s life whether it be received or not. Let us also remember not to love only on the ones we are close with but also on the loveless and unloved. Jesus did. So we did too.
Jesus has been revealing so much to me in this area of acting love out. Being a person who loves out of the abundance that He has put in me. Jesus acted love out. I want to love like Jesus loved. So to connect the dots from the last two posts… I want to walk as Jesus walked. Let us not only talk the talk of love, but to walk it out!
What does acting love out mean to you, how can we better love on others? Or how would you want someone to show that they love you? Would love to hear your thoughts!