"Don't just tell me. Show me." Have you ever said these words to your children or to a loved one? Words vs Action. Which one is the most meaningful? The most impactful? Love. A verb. Not only a verb, but a verb with an example attached to it. People desperately need to know they are loved. Most are told, but few are shown.
Christ knew this; it's why He came. I flipped through the gospel of John to glimpse at Jesus' way of showing love. I would encourage you to do the same.
He was obedient. He became flesh. He dwelt among us. He invited us to follow. He saw us. He stood firm. He engaged us. He met us where we were. He testified. He healed. He calmed. He was transparent. He did not condemn. He told the truth. He gave hope. He was specific and intentional. He was patient. He was sympathetic. He died. He rose again. He is coming back.
Think of the gift we were given with His very presence on earth. He could have paid the ultimate price for our sin without walking the way He did, dwelling among us the way He did. No, God came in human flesh to show us what love is. What it looked like. Jesus is love personified. We are His ambassadors.
Hope. Real hope.
Read this today. Meditate on it. Pray through it.
1 Corinthians 13 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Way of Love
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.