Love Is An Action
By Rick Warren
— May 21, 2014
Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. 1 John 3:18 (NLT)
Love is something you do.
You show love by what you do, not just by what you feel.
Love is more than attraction and more than arousal. It's also more than sentimentality, like so many of today's songs suggest. By this standard, is love dead when the emotion is gone? No, not at all. Because love is an action; love is a behavior.
Over and over again, in the Bible, God commands us to love each other. And you can't command an emotion. If I told you right now "Be sad!," you couldn't be sad on cue. Just like an actor, you can fake it, but we're not wired for our emotions to change on command. Have you ever told a little kid, "Be happy!" I'm trying, daddy!
If love were just an emotion, then God couldn't command it. But love is something you do. It can produce emotion, but love is an action.
The Bible says, "... Let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions." (1 John 3:18, NLT) We can talk a good act: 'I love people.' But do we really love them? Do you really love them? Our love is revealed in how we act toward them.
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