Is it possible to love just in words? Is it possible to love falsely?
The answer is yes. That is why John, the Apostle of love writes “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18)
We live in a world that craves genuine love. There are claims and rumors of love everywhere. There are projections and promotions of love in every corner. But how much of it is genuine?
Let this be a day for us to evaluate our love to others. Let our love not just be utterances of words or superficial demonstrations. If you love expecting something in return that is selfish love. Often, this is the kind of love we see around us and in us. Spouses learn to manipulate each other; parents learn to manipulate children and vice versa; leaders learn to manipulate their followers.
It is easy to love just in words. It is easy to love without truth. The hard thing is to love in action and truth. But that is the need of the hour.
The world is desperately in need of that love which our Lord Jesus demonstrated to us. As Christians, now is the time to show the world genuine love; that is love in action and in truth
Our Lord Jesus Christ loved us in action and truth. He didn’t just say I love you. But He demonstrated it through both actions and words. His love was sincere because He loved even when we were sinners. It could have been much easier for Him to just say some loving words and leave us in our lost state. But that is not what He did. He loved us sacrificially by dying on the cross to lift us up from our lost state of sin and death.
The world is desperately in need of that love which our Lord Jesus demonstrated to us. As Christians, now is the time to show the world genuine love; that is love in action and in truth.
What is something you can do today or this week to show genuine love to a believer or unbeliever in your sphere of influence? Would it mean doing something for a spouse, sibling, parent, friend, coworker or neighbor that would be a sacrifice on your part and expecting nothing in return? If so, committing to doing that will speak volumes to that person, especially if they know it’s something you don’t like to do or was a sacrifice to accomplish.
Be the one to show the world true love.
Dijo & Merlyn John- Renew in Knowledge Core Team Member
Dijo and his wife Merlyn currently live in Lubbock, Texas where he is finishing up his Master of Public Health degree.