Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. (1 John 3:18)
We all know this passage intimately. Not because we’ve had the passage memorized, but because we’ve lived it. We’ve been told we are loved, only to have that same person treat us in an unloving manner. If you’re like me, you’ve also been the one who has spoken of love, but been unable or unwilling to live the love we’ve professed.
Love is easy when all is going well. When we are young and beautiful or handsome, love is fun, sexy, and easy. When life’s challenges start adding up, and there is little time, our bodies start to sag around the edges, and the spark of surprise starts to fizzle, that is when real love blossoms. Love is more than passion, it is a commitment born of action. That is the truth!
All marriages started out with the promises of “I love you.” Half of all marriages in this country end with words drying up and actions that cease. For love to be effective, one must begin with “truth.” Love is so much more than a feeling. Every marriage has moments where you do not feel love. Truth keeps love alive when feelings are not very loving. Truth helps keep the actions loving. Emotions can be a blessing, but they can also be a curse. Truth keeps emotions from ruining love.
Today, think of someone you love. (Remember, love isn’t only romantic. Love can also be between friends &/or family.) Come up with a means of showing the person how much you love her/him. Through a specific action, express the uniqueness of your loving relationship. Do not make it extravagantly expensive. Think of something that expresses the truth of your love in this particular relationship. Remember, the way you respond is not only an expression of your love for the other person, but an expression of your love for God. When your words and actions are in sync with God’s truth, love is real and lasting. Practice real and lasting love through a tangible expression today. God bless!