Three words “I Love You.” So often we hear those words, say those words and hope to hear those words. Yet what is really behind those words? Friendship? An endearing sentiment? True love? What about an all sacrificing love? How much do we really have to back up those words that so many of us depend on for so much?
What if instead of relying so much on the word love spoken, we boldly lived it out? Lived it out in each and every one of our actions? Without thought of ourselves or strings attached.
If we truly lived out this selfless love, what would our world look like? What would our communities look like? What would our relationships look like? What would our family’s look like? What would WE look like?
What if, when faced with a sharp word, we responded in love and forgiveness? How many conflicts would thus never begin? What if, when faced with the cost of someone else’s mistake, we graciously paid it for them? What if, instead of condemning someone and pushing off a burden that rightly belonged on their already burdened shoulders, we gave them a hand and lovingly helped shoulder the load?
Judgment. It plays across our minds hourly. What if, instead of judging our neighbor, we took the time and energy to truly display Christ’s love in our actions toward them? What kind of difference could we make in the lives around us?
What if, instead of half heartedly loving, we embraced it with our whole being? What if we let God’s love transform us? What would we look like? What would our lives look like? Who would we become?
1 John 3:16-18 NIV
“16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”