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)
These verses give an example of how to “give up our lives” for others—to help those in need. This is strikingly similar to James’s teaching (James 2:14-17). How clearly do your actions say you really love others? Are you as generous as you should be with your money, possessions, and time?
But in deed and in truth – In such acts as shall show that our professed love is sincere and real. Let us do the deed of love, whether anything is said about it or not.(Tyndal Study Bible)
Think of this: do you have one of those people at work or in your friend circle that gets under your skin. I’m sure you do. When last have you shown them a true act of love? I know the excuse is that you are too busy. “Why should I bother if someone else can do it?”
I am in sales. It’s easy to speak a result. Achieving it is an entirely different thing. You have to do the work. You are only going to get great results through action. One of the most basic principles in the Bible is Seedtime and Harvest. You reap what you sow! An action – no result without an action.
You see, what happens at home and in our relationships, we also sometimes have an attitude of unwillingness. “I have done enough.” Will there ever be enough? It could be that one little thing you do that will trigger something huge. It’s the little things in life that count, small acts of Love.
“Lord, make me love all people. Not just the selected. Let each of us love and touch somebody today. In Jesus name. Amen.”