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In Deed and Truth

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1 John 3:18…

Love is more about what we do than what we say:

Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.  -1 John 3:18, NAB

This verse may seem basic enough, but how well do we put it into practice?  How well do we actually love others through our actions – in deed and truth?  The concept is easy, but the task is quite difficult.

Do you love your spouse?  Do your actions show that you put his or her needs before your own?  Do you truly treat your spouse as your primary vocation?

Do you love your parents?  Do your actions show a willingness to honor and respect them?  Do you take care of them as they grow older?

Do you love your children?  Do you love them enough to not stay late at the office – ensuring that you make it to that soccer game or ballet recital on time?

Do you love your friends enough to drop everything for them in their time of need?

Do you love your neighbor enough to go out of your way to be polite and courteous?

Do you love the poor enough to help support the local food pantry?

Do you love the homeless enough to not look away when they speak to you?

Do you love the disabled enough to treat them as the gift of God that they are?

Normally, I write a basic explanation of each week’s verse, but this verse goes without explaining.  I hope that these questions will stir your heart enough to find the true meaning of this verse yourself.  May you always strive to love others as much as God has loved you.

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