In our passage today, the Apostle Paul speaks to the subject of the actions of love. Paul writes, Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor what is evil; cleave to what is good (Romans 12:9 KJV).
Let us not pretend to love others, but be real and sincere. Let it not be merely lip service, but we need to love in action and in truth.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18 KJV) I am going to share a story with you that I shared on my blog. One of my struggles growing up and throughout my marriage was anger. My anger was destructive and it lead to many problems. I felt by getting angry it was a way for me to be in control of the situation. All I did was yell and fight to get my point across. I thought that if I didn’t yell then my husband wasn’t listening to me. At times I felt horrible after realizing how I acted towards the one I loved. It seemed I was only like this toward my beloved husband. Our marriage probably wouldn’t be as strong as it is now if I didn’t let God intervene, correct my attitude, and humble me. If you look at what love is in the Bible you will not find anger. What you will find is patience, kindness, rejoice with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand it’s own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:4-6 NLT). I realized loving someone could not be just lip service, but I had to show him that I loved him by my actions. I was hurting him more than I was loving him:(
We need to love God in the same way. Some of us say “I love God,” but is that love evident in your everyday life? Jesus says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 KJV) If we love Jesus more than anything else we will keep ourselves free from sin for Jesus. He says we are to love thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind. We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)
I didn’t know what true love was until Jesus came into my life. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 KJV)
There is no greater way to measure the love for someone than to give His life for people and that is what Jesus did on the cross for you and me. You may not feel loved today, but I want to assure you that God loves you and he has given all He has to show you his love for you.