A high school senior called a girl on the phone to invite her to the senior banquet. He was explaining that he had been in love with her for quite some time, but was just too shy to tell her. He said, “I’d do anything for you. I would swim across a swift river just to see you. I would climb the tallest mountain just to be with you. I would fight a wild bear to save your life.” The girl was getting impressed, and she asked him, “Would you come over tonight and ask me in person?” He responded, “Well, if it doesn’t rain.”
Genuine love is shown by actions. When true love fills the heart, it will not be reflected by empty words. It will be shown by deeds of affection and kindness. True love is demonstrated by what we do.
Claims of love are empty if they are not backed up by actions. John wrote in I John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” John recognized the fact that love is shown by the actions it prompts.
We know that God loves us because of what He has done for us. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We all know that actions speak louder than words, and we have the proof of God’s love in the death of Jesus on the cross. Claims of love are meaningless when they are not backed up by proper behavior.
I John 4:9 says, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” No person should doubt God’s love for us after realizing what His love prompted Him to do for us? Paul wrote in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God proved His love for us by giving His only begotten Son to die for our sins. Jesus proved His love by giving His life on the cross. There could not be a greater demonstration of love than that. Jesus Himself stated this when He said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
While trying to raise money for the poor saints in Judea, Paul urged in 2 Corinthians 8:24, “Therefore show to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.” He wanted the Christians in Corinth to demonstrate their love. I John 3:17 says, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” Those who truly love won’t just talk of love; they will demonstrate love!
The way to show our love to God is by giving ourselves to Him and obeying what He says. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John wrote in I John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” He also added in 2 John 6, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.”
God knows that those who truly love Him will demonstrate their love by obeying His commandments. We are told in I John 2:3-4, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” A failure to obey God is proof that we do not know Him. If we do not even know Him, how can we love Him?
Love God first by doing what He says. Then, love your neighbor as yourself, and demonstrate that love by your actions.