“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” – I John 3:18
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.” (The Message)
Real love, that which is a precious gift from God, requires not words to be eloquently spoken, rather it is an outward expression of our inward conviction, in action. Love is a verb. It is alive and active – ever aware of the need around us, ready to step in and choose love.
To love as the Father loves us, we must view the world through Love’s lens. If we could only see people through our Papa’s eyes, we would not hesitate to give all that we have – our time, our encouragement, our resources, ourselves – to touch lives and transform communities in His Name. The world knows not what love really is, and unless we, in whom Love resides, walk beside and allow His loving light to shine through us, will remain in darkness.
Let us not use words lightly, nor act without asking to be equipped with His heart for others, lest we do more damage than good.
He, who loved us with His very life, wants us also to set aside self, so that we may live as vessels, ever ready to pour out our hearts and help with our hands so that all who see us, will see Him in us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You first loved us. Thank You that Your perfect love for us, Your people, is expressed through actions and in truth. You don’t just talk about love, You are love! Forgive us for being as resounding gongs, rather than vehicles moving forward to deliver the delight of Your generous and lavish love to the broken. Teach us to practice real love. May our outward expression of our inward conviction cover all who come near with the care Christ gave at the cross. Let our lives in action be a living extension of Your eternal love that lasts. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present