“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
I John 3:18 NKJV
Actions speak louder than words. I’ve heard this phrase a lot growing up, it means your words are meaningless if your actions show otherwise. Love spoken but not acted upon is simply lip service. It is “faith without works”, and is meaningless and even harmful if consistently done. Have you had that friend who always says one thing but does another? Someone who says “I’ll be there!” but never keeps their word? That is love without deed or truth, it is empty words without action. “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:15-16). That is faith without works, that is love spoken without deed or truth behind it. If we are to practice righteousness, we must do more than talk, we must act. Christ laid down His life for us, and so we should lay down our lives for our brethren (1 John 3:16). If we see our church family in need and have what’s necessary to help, but instead choose to pray blessings over them and keep our goods for our own use, how is that love? If you have the ability to help, but do not, does the love of God truly abide in you?
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. ”Proverbs 3:27 #CalledtoBattle