Someone once said, “Talk is Cheap.” Perhaps you have heard someone else say, “They sure talk a good game” or “they’re just all talk.” These statements are usually made about folks whose actions do not reflect their words; or about people who only verbalize, but never verify any truth.
In John chapter 13, verse 35, Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” What Jesus was saying was that the action of love was to be produced in the lives of His disciples as a demonstration of their relationship with Him. The Apostle John said it this way, “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him” (I John 3:18-19). In James 2:18, we read, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
The fact is, if we say we have love, if we say we care, if we say we are friendly, and do not display any actions that would show these things in our lives, then we are just “blowing smoke” and there is no truth in us.
How do people know that you are a Christian? What demonstrations of love flow from your life? How do your works declare your words? If you only talk about showing love, then you are like the child who brags about being a big league ball player, but has never been in any game.
Let me suggest to you some ways you can demonstrate the love in your life that you declare.
L – Look Around. So many times we get caught up on our own “little worlds” and never even notice those around us. We never see folks who may be sitting by themselves or standing without anyone to talk to. The first step of demonstrating the declaration of our love is to notice people around us.
O – Open Yourself Up. We must look for needs in others’ lives and be willing to meet those needs. Too many times, we are only superficial in our relationships and never know what others are struggling with. Without being willing to “open ourselves up,” we can never show our love.
V – Volunteer Yourself. We must move from being willing to look for needs to actually getting involved and meeting some of those needs. We must take the first step in their direction and begin the process of being involved in their lives.
E – Emphasize Others. Love is giving — not getting. Love is looking on the things of others, not on our own things (Phil 2:4). Love is sharing and caring, not being selfish and conceited. We live in a self-centered, self-absorbed world, and our Christian distinction will be seen only if we show “…love one to another.”
At Calvary Baptist Church, we must not only declare that we love God, but also demonstrate that love by our actions. Let me encourage you to look for ways to show that you are His disciples, by having real “…love for one another.”