Love is Action

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Love Is Action

By Brianna Godbolt

1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

There is a reason the Bible consistently stresses the importance of being there for our family members. Our families, in many cases, are the closest people to us. Therefore, they should get our fruits of love, affection and support. However, a lot of the time, that is not the case. I recently learned a very valuable lesson about this very topic of prioritizing family in my life. I learned that we should never assume that our family members know that we love and support them. We should often times take the initiative to express our love through action. In Laymen’s terms, LOVE IS ACTION!

Love has to be shown by doing and not just saying something for those who you hold dear to your heart. I assumed that my mother knew how much I love and appreciate her, so I never felt the need to express it. It wasn’t until I was lead to buy her flowers on a random Tuesday, that I realized how important action was in the process of love. She was so shocked that I thought enough of her in my busy day to buy her a gift. I was a little thrown off by her infatuation with the gift. I didn’t know she needed nor wanted me to validate my love towards her through my actions. My perspective of love was shifted in that moment.

I learned that love can’t be received as love until it is proven through action. I sense someone giving me the side eye at that statement, but let me prove it. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He GAVE his only begotten son...”. Then Romans 5:8 says, “God DEMONSTRATED His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Both scriptures are heavily used to remind people of God’s great love for us. Coincidentally, both scriptures contain words like “gave” and “demonstrate” which signifies action through giving and sacrifice. Even God, the creator of the universe, couldn’t just say he loved us. Instead, He showed us in through His actions.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Showing love isn’t always about gifts and material things. All of the attributes of love mentioned in 1 Corinthians can be put into action practically. When a family member makes the same mistakes over and over, you can show love through your patience with them as they mature, rather than writing them off as a screw up. When a friend is prospering in life, you can show love by celebrating them and not allowing envy to hinder your support. When someone breaks your heart or lets you down, you can show love by not dishonoring them for revenge but forgiving them of their wrongs.

So, what am I telling you? I’m saying that in this coming season of celebration and cheer, don’t forget to demonstrate your love for your loved ones. Give gifts, give hugs, give letters, or forgiveness. Which ever way seems right to you for your situation, just make sure you put your love in action.

As John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” - Jesus Christ