Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
(1 John 3:18 (NIV))
How many times a day do you say the words, “I love you.”?
Do you always mean it when you say them?
Do you have varying degrees of meaning behind what you say?
If you are like most people, these words could carry a meaning of anything from a strong like to a feeling of complete and total devotion. We say that we love ice cream. We say that we love puppies. We say that we love our families. We say that we love our spouse. We say that we love Jesus, and we say that we love God. When we say any of these, how do our actions reflect the statement? Do we say that we love puppies and then kick the next dog that we see? Do we say that we love our families and then spend all of our time at work? Do we say that we love Jesus and then use His name as a profanity? Do we say that we love God, yet choose to not spend time in His Word and in His presence?
It is said that talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words. I truly like the following statement about how we are to convey the greatest love of all.
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
(St. Francis of Asisi)
Gospel means good news. It is the good news of God’s great love for us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross as an atoning sacrifice to save us from our sins. Even though Jesus was the Word made flesh, it took action on His part to redeem us and to claim us for the truth. God said that He loves us, but He showed us just how much He loves us through actions. Think about that concept as it applies to your own life. What garners more results? Telling someone that you love them, or going out of your way to show them that you love them? The Lord went way out of His way to show us!
We can follow His example and show love or we can simply utter a few words.
How do you desire to love?