Sometimes the word love is thrown around with such frivolousness, that it has not much substance behind it. We claim to love this, and that, or we’re in a relationship in which we confess our love for that person on today and scream our hate for them the next day. We may even see someone in need and wish them the best but walk away without doing anything to make it better. At times the word love can become a bit less meaningful dependent upon the context we use it in and the act that may or may not come with it…
In 1 John 3:18 the bible say “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue but in deed and truth.” This verse is speaking of our love for one another. Many times we’re quick to say to someone one we love them or we are praying for them when they’re experiencing a distressing time. In fact this is indeed what we are supposed to do according to this scripture, love each other, BUT not only with words it must be words spoken from the heart because that is what will make the difference in putting to action the other half of the scripture.
Our love for others can be challenging, and takes work and grace. This love shows itself not through speech only but by action as well. It will serve, it will feed the hungry and clothe the naked, it will pray for and pray with. This love will make good of truth by doing something in the physical, if not what good is it. Let’s look what James 2:16 says “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” Therefore actual love will become evident when we become doers from the heart, being cheerful givers of ourselves, time, and attention by ministering to the necessities of the saints and giving what we can both naturally and spiritually.
Let’s make sure we are always growing and showing as we perform labors of love.