Love that is merely spoken and not married with action is invalid and impotent. For love to be true, our words must match our deeds.
We cannot claim to love people and remain unmoved and callous when they encounter suffering, evil, or injustice. Our words regarding loving others sound empty and hollow when we fail to engage poverty and hunger in our communities.
The message of the gospel must always coincide with actions that reflect the love, grace, and mercy communicated in that life-changing message. This truth applies to both individuals and churches.
By connecting our message of love with our actions, we Christ-followers reflect the love of Christ. Regarding that love, John wrote:
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him — how does God’s love reside in him? Little children let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18 (CSB)
Jesus did not just say that He loves us. He showed the veracity and validity of His love by “laying down His life for us.” In so doing, he set the example for how His disciples should love in both word and deed.
According to John, we cannot claim to have the love of Christ while neglecting to show that love through our actions towards others who are in need both physically and spiritually.
So, do your actions coincide with the message of love you communicate to people in the gospel? When you say, “I love you,” do you show it as well as say it?
A dying world desperately needs to see Christ followers speak and live the love of Jesus. Such love through action can change communities, nations, and the world.