LOVE IS AN VERB….AN ACTION WORD
Last month I wrote my blog on Forgiveness and it seemed right that this month’s blog be about Love. Another subject that is so needed in the world today. The word love is thrown around like baseball. I love pizza (lol, personally I don’t-not a pizza fan), I love the way this looks, I love my car, and it goes on and on. So do we truly know what the word love means and how to really use it? Can you love someone, something or anything without having actions to go with it? Honestly I don’t think you can. To love it takes actions, not with just words but with an sacrificial emotional act.
God’s Word shares with us the story of Jesus, who loved you and me so much that he was willing to give His life so that we would be guaranteed an eternity with Him and His Father, God. Jesus’s love he demonstrated through emotions and sacrifice. I am still not positive that I could offer my son or daughter for anyone or anything. But Jesus was willing to die because He loved you and me. I am learning this type of love even today. Please read the below article by Rick Warren and ask yourself at the end…Do my actions show that that you love or are you giving just simple “lip service?” I would challenge you that if your actions don't match the words then make them match. Believe it or not, lip service hurts and jeopardizes your love relationship. It also doesn't take long for the lip service to show through and then start hurting your relationship with that person.
“The Bible Says Love Is An Action
By Rick Warren — May 21, 2014
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:18 NLT)
If you really love someone, then you show it by how you act toward that person.
Love is more than attraction and more than arousal. It’s also more than sentimentality, like so many of today’s songs suggest. By this standard, is love dead when the emotion is gone? No — not at all — because love is an action, and a behavior.
Over and over again in the Bible, God commands us to love each other, and you can’t command an emotion. If I told you right now, “Be sad!” you couldn’t be sad on cue. Just like an actor, you can fake it, but you’re not wired for your emotions to change on command.
If love were just an emotion, then God couldn’t command it. But love is something you do. It can produce emotion, but love is an action.
The Bible says, “Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” (1 John 3:18 NLT). We can talk a good act: “I love people.” But do we really love them? Our love is revealed in how we act toward them.
How will you reveal to others that you love them this season? Be specific. Think about each member of your family. How can you show your love to _____?”