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Love - More Than Just a Word

"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth" (1 Jn.3:18).

If I say the word tree, a picture comes into our mind. We may each be visualizing different kinds of trees, but it is some kind of tree that we see in our mind's eye. We see that tree because the word tree is a concrete noun. Abstract nouns are more difficult to visualize. For example, if I say the word hope, what do you see? The word love is also one of those abstract words. If I say love, it is more difficult to bring a vision into focus than if I had said tree. If we look at today's verse, however, we see that the apostle John is convinced that what the word love symbolizes is just as real or concrete as a book, a computer screen, or a tree. Some of those wonderful abstract words are what motivate people into action. So as we examine it, that which motivates people to action is real... Love may sometimes be misguided. It may also at times be ineffective. But the love that motivates people is not to be dismissed because of its abstract nature. Love is so much more than merely a word. There are certainly some problems connected to the use of love. As I see it, often people talk more about it than do it! I want to take a bit of license with John's teaching about love here. I believe that he may be inferring that it is more than how we feel about our favorite food. Can you think of a particular food that you love? Love is more than that which inspires us to laugh or cry or feel tingly about some special person. The love that God desires out of us as Christians is to be a motivational force for good! We are not to be like the priest or Levite who passed on the other side of the road when they saw a man beaten and robbed in the tenth chapter of Luke. We are to be like the Good Samaritan, who bandaged his wounds and took care of him... "let us not love with word or tongue, but with actions and in truth." After all, love is more than just a word....

Have a great day... Let His Love shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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