1 John 3; 2 Chronicles 36; Psalm 90
We’ve all heard the old saying “Actions speak louder than words.” People throughout the ages have recognized that what you say must be reinforced by actions. When someone talks about how we should live and then says, “Do as I say, not as I do,” we begin thinking that they might be a hypocrite. We want people to back up their words with their actions. John said this same thing in slightly different words. “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) He emphasizes love in his writings – but love must be backed up by our actions. As followers of Jesus Christ we emphasize an important fact: our relationship with God is based on His grace, not on our deeds. We can do nothing to make God love us more. At the same time, if we claim to have a restored relationship with God, doesn’t it make sense that our lives would change as well? Doesn’t it make sense that our lives would reflect the love of God towards others? Our actions are the fruit of our inner being. If God really is reforming us inside, then our actions should reflect that change. Sometimes we excuse our ungodly actions by blaming the actions of others. We think that the way they treated us excuses us when we strike back. Jesus didn’t lash out at the religious leaders who persecuted Him nor did He lash out at Pilate during His trial. John was persecuted and eventually exiled yet his message was one of loving others as God loved him. Our world is a difficult place, there is no doubt about it. As we walk about this world, though, we must love others not only with lip service, but also with godly actions.
Lord, it’s easy to tell someone that I love them. It’s not so easy to act lovingly towards them. Help me to show others the love that You have shown me. Let my actions reflect my innermost being; and continue to mold my innermost being to Your desires. Let me love others in word, deed and truth.