Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:18 (NIV) – “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
Love is not merely a sentiment expressed through words; it is a transformative force that is demonstrated through tangible actions. In 1 John 3:18, the apostle John challenges us to move beyond empty expressions of love and to demonstrate our love through genuine actions and truth.
As followers of Christ, our love is to be marked by authenticity and integrity. It is not enough to merely profess love with words; we must accompany our words with deeds that reflect the love of Christ. Our actions are a tangible expression of the love that dwells within us, revealing the depth of our commitment to God and others.
Consider the example of Jesus Christ, who epitomized love in action throughout His earthly ministry. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and comforted the brokenhearted. His love was not passive but active, reaching out to those in need and offering hope and redemption to the lost.
In our own lives, we are called to follow Christ’s example and demonstrate love in action. This may involve simple acts of kindness, such as lending a helping hand to a neighbor in need or offering words of encouragement to someone who is struggling. It may also require sacrificial acts of love, such as giving of our time, resources, or talents to serve others selflessly.
Moreover, our love must be grounded in truth. Love that is genuine does not deceive or manipulate but operates with honesty and transparency. It seeks the best interests of others, even when it requires difficult conversations or confrontations. Love in action is not afraid to speak truth, for it is only through truth that genuine love can flourish.
As we meditate on 1 John 3:18, let us examine our hearts and ask ourselves: Are we loving others with actions and in truth, or are we content with empty words? May we be inspired to live out our faith through love-filled actions, demonstrating the transformative power of Christ’s love to a world in need.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the example of love demonstrated through the life of Jesus Christ. Help us to love not only with words but with actions and in truth. May our lives be a reflection of your love, reaching out to those in need and offering hope and redemption to the lost. Empower us by your Spirit to live out our faith through love-filled actions each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.