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Love In Action

September 22, 2014

A television news anchorman asked on Tuesday show; “why was it necessary to put Americans at risk by sending them to Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak”.

Answer: “We are our brother keepers. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”. When our money cannot buy a cure for our family or children, I believe we would want someone to put themselves at risk to save our children or families. These African families love each other as we love our families. Have our success caused us to lose compassion for others?  If God has blessed Americans with a cure for Ebola, He would want us to share with others and not just American citizens.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:1, 4-7)

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Love is a four letter word that has no meaning to some people. You cannot say “you love someone” if there is no action behind it. Love will bear fruit and actions. For some, love is an empty word with no meaning or weights. If someone says they love you but never show any action that love needs to be questioned. I once had a friend that I would do anything for. When he fell on hard times, I was there to lend him money, allowed him to use my automobile, and bought grocery for him and his family. One day, I asked him for help and the excuses started.

In the Bible, we see Love in action. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) In this verse, God condensed the greatest love story in the Bible and combines it into one verse.  In this verse, the word gave indicates an action took place. God did not just say “I love you and wish you could be saved”.

Jesus asks Peter to prove his love: “Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. (John 21:15-17)

Again, God ask us to prove our love to Him: “If you love Me, keep My commandments”. (John 14:15)

Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” (Luke 10:30-36)

Beware of every person that says “I love you”. True love loves unconditionally. Love has no limits, does not keep score, and is kind, forgiving and longsuffering. If you see anyone suffering and won’t do anything to help that person does not indicate “love in action”.

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One Comment
  1. Pastor Marion permalink

    Pastor. you are so right love is a action word.

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