LOVE

A feeling? An action? Or both?
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other;
let us show the truth by our actions.
Our actions will show that we belong to the truth,
so we will be confident when we stand before God.”
1 John 3:18-19
A few weeks ago (it was week 7 to be precise), in our study on the book of 1 John,  John was once again encouraging us to love our Christian brothers and sisters.  Most often I associate love with a feeling. But in studying 1 John it appears to me that love is more of an action than a feeling. My study Bible puts it this way:
“Real love is an action, not a feeling. It produces selfless, sacrificial giving. The greatest act of love is giving oneself for others. How can we ‘give up our lives’? By serving others with no thought of receiving anything in return. Sometimes it’s easier to say we’ll die for others than to truly live for them – this involves putting others’ desires first.”
And this explanation got me thinking. So many times I do not feel love for a certain person. But there have been times where I was still to love that same person with action, with doing something nice for them. And in most cases my feelings caught up with my actions (better late than never, hey?) and the resentment that I felt toward that certain person was gone.
I believe God can do amazing things through us that I would never be able to do on my own. It’s only by the power of God that lives in me that I’m able to love.
And then I was reminded of a Bible verse from the book of James:
“You see, his (Abraham’s) faith and actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.” James 2:22 (New Living Translation)
And I was thinking whether that would also apply to love. Don’t my actions make my love complete? Just to feel love is never enough. Love is most seen by our actions, isn’t? If I only feel love, but don’t show it, for example, to my kids, than they will never know that I actually love them. They know that I love them when I tell them in words, when I look after them, care for them; provide food, shelter, cloths, etc. Of course just to provide food, shelter, cloths without telling them that I love them, will not help either, will it?
It’s the combination of feeling, words, and actions… They all make up LOVE.
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other;
let us show the truth by our actions.
Our actions will show that we belong to the truth,
so we will be confident when we stand before God.”
1 John 3:18-19

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