My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18
Have you ever heard that actions speak louder than words? It means that your message, whatever it may be, is heard through how you live your life and not merely by the words you speak. You can talk about something all day long, but in the end if the things you do don’t line up with the words you speak, the message that others are getting is what they see you doing. In other words, the evidence of what you actually believe in your heart about everything, shows up in the way you live your life.
Today’s verse is talking about love. It says let your love for others shows up in the way you treat them. If you say you love others, but then you ignore and walk by those in need, the truth of what is really in your heart showed up in your behavior. In the previous chapter of 1 John, chapter 2 in verse 9 it says, if someone says they walk in the light, but hates his “brother” they are actually in the darkness. Your words are overshadowed or covered up by your actions.
The rest of the passage here in 1 John 3 talks about when your heart condemns you. He says when we walk in love, that shuts down the debilitating thoughts of self-criticism. Walking in love is also the proof that we are walking in the things God has for us and it brings confidence in our relationship with the LORD.
Lastly, it says that when we are walking in love, we can be assured that the things we need in life will be received from Him because we are doing things in God’s order, this is why it pleases Him. God set things up in order at the point of creation. We can see the evidence of His order in the universe, solar system and planets all the way down to the seed time and harvest on earth. It should be no surprise to us that God has designed people to have an order also. God’s order for our lives is that we walk in love, seek Him first and then all these things are added to us. (Matt. 6:33) Our lives are ordered to orbit around the things God created it for and if we are out of alignment, it can be a bumpy ride.
Today I want to encourage you to love others in deed and truth. Let the love of God show up in your life by helping others around you. Let God’s love come out of your heart and show up in every step you take. If you are not sure of God’s love in you, ask the LORD to lead you in that direction and to increase your compassion for others. Then let God’s order for the things of your life fall into place and watch as the ride of your life becomes much smoother and enjoyable.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 3:18-24