My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18).
Love needs to be demonstrated. If someone keeps telling me they love me, but never show me that love, well, I just don’t believe them. There’s a song in “My Fair Lady” where she sings, “Don’t talk of love . . . Show me!” Apparently God agrees. When He sees us painting the weather worn house of an elderly, widow woman, God sees love. When He sees us paying the electric bill of a single mom who can’t afford it that month, He sees love. When He sees us taking a drug addict to the de-tox center and doing whatever it takes to get him or her enrolled, God sees our love.
A man I know told me, “Next time you go to church, tell God I still love Him.”
I replied, “The next time you go to church, God will know you love Him.”
Love is an action word. Words rolling easily off the tongue do not express love. It is so common to say at the end of a phone conversation in the States, ”love you” that one day my garage mechanic said it to me as he hung up the phone. He called right back to apologize and we laughed, but that just shows how meaningless those words can become. Love must be an action. With family it can be an embrace, kisses, a back rub, with others a smile, an encouraging word, a pat on the back, but with everyone it is a helping hand.