(By Lisa Peat)
“Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks” (John C. Maxwell).
Have you heard that saying before? It’s a bit of a tongue twister, isn’t it!
We use words to express what is in our hearts, but we all know that words can be empty if they are not accompanied by actions.
In Scripture, God did not just say He loved us, He showed us His love by giving His Son to die for our sins. God is a God of His word; every promise He makes will come true.
In John 1:1, John calls Jesus “The Word.” He is God’s living Word to mankind and is the expression of God’s thoughts and God’s character. Jesus is God and He spent His earthly life speaking and teaching and putting His words into action.
Jesus told Phillip, “Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do” (John 14:11). Jesus didn’t speak empty words: His words and His walk matched. His willingness to eat with sinners, to befriend the down and out, to wash the disciples feet, and to respond in kindness showed His love for mankind.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
God calls us to love. Can I love like Jesus wants me to?
Not on my own strength.
“For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:5).
God wants to love others through us. When I grow deep in His love, letting the Holy Spirit transform my heart, I will be able to love with His love, not just in word but in deed also. I can serve and love out of the love that God has for me and reflect my Savior’s heart.
What did you do today to give your love away
To a lost and hurting soul?
Did you lend a hand to a fellow man
And help him on down the road?
When you illuminate it takes the dark away
So let your little light shine
When we follow through with what we say and do
The Father will be glorified.