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December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013


"Love is an Action"

“Dear Children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.”  1 John 3: 18 NLT

Love is something you do.  You show love by what you do, not just by what you say or feel.

As I said yesterday, love is more than attraction and arousal.  It’s also more than sentimentality, although many songs today would tell you differently.

By that standard, is love dead when the emotion is gone?  No, not at all, because love is an action; love is a behavior.

Over and over again, throughout the Bible, God commands us to love each other.  And you can’t command an emotion.  That would be silly.

If I told you right now, “Be sad” you couldn’t be sad on cue.  Just like an actor, you can fake it, but you’re not wired for your emotions to change on command.  Have you ever heard a dad tell a little child who’s sad, “Be happy!”  Inevitably they’ll respond, “I’m trying, Daddy.”

If love were an emotion then God couldn’t command it.  But love is something you do.  It can produce emotion, but love is an action.

The Bible says “…let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.”  (1 John 3: 18 NLT)  We can talk a good act but do we really love them without a loving action?

Do you really love those whom you say you love?  How do you show it?  Or is that just a façade?

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don