We’ve all heard the saying, “love is an action word”, that it is not about how you feel but what you do.
LOVE = DO
My momma use to say, “Jenny, your actions speak louder than your words.” This year at Shell Lake Full Gospel we are presenting the Easter Alive play “How He Loves.” Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about how Jesus showed us to love (do). He said to us “love (do) others as I have loved (do) you. So how did Jesus love (do) others?
- He trained by example, taught through simple life stories, and disciplined in love. We can show love (do) through our everyday life in all that we say and do.
- He valued others above Himself. We can act like others are more important than us, make decisions based on what is best for others and not ourselves, and defer to others instead correcting them.
- He was not full of Himself; He EMPTIED Himself, and humbled Himself (no one else humbled Him). When was the last time we have emptied ourselves emotionally, physically, or financially for another?
- Jesus did not come to this world to be right. He came into this world to humble Himself for your sake and mine on behalf of the world. By taking our sin and dying on the cross, He discounted the opportunity to be right every single time. Jesus could have demanded fairness, respect, or to be heard. He could have fought for His personal rights. He even could have nagged everyone in the world to death by saying “you’re a sinner, you’re a sinner, you’re a sinner”, and He would have been right! Instead, He quietly laid down His life for us. Now that’s love (do).Must we always be right, be treated fairly, be respected, or be heard in order to love one another? Does nagging (even if you’re right) demonstrate the love of Jesus? When was the last time we quietly laid ourselves down for the sake of another?
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3: 14 – 21
- Jen Slater