1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
This is the second part in a 3 part series entitled ‘Don’t talk of love – SHOW ME!‘.
Yesterday we looked at how we need to show love to our spouses not just talk about loving them.
Today, we turn our eyes toward Christians, as the world does, and say: Don’t talk of love – SHOW ME, Christian.
We here in the Western world live in societies where Christianity is well known about. Maybe it’s a little misunderstood, but most people have heard of it and most know (or think they know) its basic commands and foundations – the greatest of which is love.
The reason so many people are turned off of the church is that we talk about love; ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ and ‘God is love’ and ‘Jesus loves you!’ but we don’t SHOW it.
Just as our spouses will have difficulty believing that we love them if we say it but never show it, so the world has difficulty believing that we love them and more importantly that GOD loves them if we never show it to them.
Answer this question to yourself:
Do you show love to people any more than their non-Christian friends do? Is there truly any difference between your ‘Christian’ love and their ‘worldly’ love?
The bible gives us many, many descriptions of how we should love others and what love is and we are really good at talking about it, telling people about it and challenging others to do it. We’re really not so good at actually doing it ourselves though.
Take this description of love from 1 Corinthians 13:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
Do people see that you love them? Do they see that you are patient, kind, not envious or boastful or proud? Do they see that you are not rude or self-seeking, not easily angered and that you keep no record of wrongs? Do they see you protect, trust, hope and persevere? Does your love never fail?
This is what the world needs. They don’t need a 3-point sermon, they need us to SHOW them love.
You can witness to anyone simply by showing outrageous, unconditional, unfailing love.
Listen to the world as it says Don’t talk of love – SHOW ME, Christian!