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1 John 3:18 – “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.”
When I read this I did a double take. First, “little children” did its job, I was humbled. Then, don’t just love by “word and talk” but instead, love by “deed and truth.”
I love a call to action.
But only when I am doing the call to action already…I am not doing this. But I need to. I needed to hear this.
“Aaron, what are you doing to show your wife that you love her? What are you doing to show the homeless in your city that they are loved? What are you doing to show my church that I love them?”
The answer ofcourse to all of these is a big fat NOTHING. I tell my wife I love her, and do things for her around the house, but what else can I do? I write checks to my church every month and I’m sure they use some of that money to help the homeless ministries in my city, but what else can I do more directly to help both? Teach a class at church and volunteer in a soup kitchen come to mind…
I am so caught up in my life and figuring out where I am to go and what I am to do that I forget that I need to demonstrate my love to those around me.
I am so thankful that I read this passage tonight.
Thanks for the encouragement.
You are a blessing to me, Aaron. May your heart continue to be open to be challenged by God and then to act on what God is teaching you.