A group of kids were asked to explain love. Here’s what they said:
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.”
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
It’s interesting to note that their answers share a common denominator—they all suggest that love is demonstrated through actions.
It’s not enough to say, “I love you.” We need to back up our words with works—as God has done for us:
“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other” (1 John 4:9-11 NLT).
Talk is cheap. Anyone can say they love someone, but showing it through their actions proves they mean what they say, especially when doing so requires a personal sacrifice.
Within family, this means we give up our personal ambitions to ensure someone else’s well-being—our kids, our spouse, or a senior parent. It means practicing the art of listening when we’d rather watch TV or read a book. It means showing kindness to the person whose unkind words have hurt our feelings.
In our church, workplace, and community, it means serving others by helping them develop their skills so they can shine. Or lending practical aid to others who need a hand.
In our relationship with God, it means acknowledging His importance to us by spending time in His presence and obeying His commands even when it hurts or seems unfair.
God modeled true love for us by sacrificing His Son so we could be restored to relationship with Him and inherit eternal life. How does our love for others measure up to His example?
What’s one action you can take today to demonstrate love to someone in your family or workplace?
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