Little children, we must not love with words or speech, but with truth and action. – (1 John 3:18, HCSB)
My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do. – (1 John 3:18, ERV)
My little children, don’t just talk about love as an idea or theory. Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love. – (1 John 3:18, VOICE)
Words mean nothing if actions do not align. Our greatest testimony is demonstrating love with our actions. Love meets people where they are at, and helps, encourages, walks alongside, and builds up. Consistently choosing to love again and again is what speaks the most clearly. As we live out a life of love, what we do becomes the story of the goodness of God and the grace that He lavishly gives. May we rise up and seek the Lord to strengthen and equip us to live out our days in the pattern of His gracious love.
Lord, lead us in love,
In all that we do;
May ev’ry action,
Show love that is true.
Teach us to live life,
In Your gracious way;
So Your love is shown,
Beyond what we say.
May each decision,
Each choice that we make;
Be aligned with love,
And filled with Your grace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to show us what it is to love in truth and action. Thank You that Jesus loved through everything He did – He touched, He provided, He helped and He sacrificed to demonstrate the magnitude of Your love for all. Forgive us for every action that does not show Your love. Teach us to live out each day in truth so that our every action is a tangible demonstration of how deeply and completely You love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to love those around us in truth and action so that Your heart may be clearly seen. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. – Romans 12:10