Good Morning my friends,
Words are cheap unless they’re backed with action. I often see the youth of today post about how much they love their new HS boyfriend or girlfriend. Their teenage puppy love us all over their social media pages etc….
Love might be short when it comes to it’s length but let me be the first one to tell you those four letters have more significance and meaning than any word you will ever find. It has taken me my entire adult life to figure this out. No matter how many times those words flowed from my mouth unless I backed them with action they were empty and meaningless. The action required is not done with a symbolic hug or kiss either. It’s accomplished with something much greater. A father shows the love for his wife & kids through sacrifice. His willingness to trade his time with them for money from a job. With that said, there’s a fine line between sacrificing your time and just exchanging your time. There have been plenty of times in my life when I chose to do something else while sacrificing time away from my family. My decision but not a scarifice. Love is about commitment.. Despite all the dysfunction in your family and the short comings in your marriage you remain committed to work through all those differences & difficulties and to NEVER GIVE UP… YES it takes two willing participants. Love takes dedication. A dedication to each other. You’re all in it together. All for one, one for all. Love takes courage.. Love takes leadership.. Love takes humbleness.. I can go on and but I think you should be getting the picture. All these words take action and effort to accomplish, they’re not just merely spoken.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1st Corinthians 12:4-8)
Did you know religious leaders during Jesus’ day had more than six hundred man-made laws that they were required to obey? Those people could never keep those laws because it was impossible. Yet the rulers believed those laws had to be obeyed in order to win God’s favor.
Jesus summed up God’s law with only two commands, “Love The Lord your God” and “Love your neighbor.” He used a special, all encompassing words for love, a word that includes everyone. We are to love our neighbor, He said, even though they might have a different color skin, ethic background, or language; even though they look different, walk differently, or act differently. We are also to help our neighbors who are poor. The gospel of Christ has no meaning unless it is applied to those who are in need.
The Greek word for love that Jesus used implies action. It wasn’t a passive word; it’s an action word. We are to love by our actions.
He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Luke 10:27)
My CHALLENGE prayer for YOU!! Don’t just throw it around… Love with action..
I pray that YOU have a TERRIFIC day…. Blessings and much love… D
Live YOUR life like it’s YOUR LAST 24!!