12 Jan Caring for the Vulnerable
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18 ESV)
I have been blessed beyond measure that God has brought my wife, Dianna, into my life. There is truly no one that I would rather walk with in this journey. In the short time that we have been married, God has taught me countless lessons on what it means to be a godly husband. The biggest lesson that I have learned is, I am terrible at it! I have my moments, sure, but in the grand scheme of our marriage, I am nowhere near where I should be. The biggest problem, I confess, is that I am great at loving her with my words, but not my actions.
Can I ask you a question? How well does your “love talk” and “love walk” match up? Was that too cheesy? Seriously though, if you were to think about it, how much does your wordy love match your actions of love? If you are anything like me, probably not well. 1 John is being addressed to the family of believers who have been adopted into the family of God. And John is challenging people to stop loving by mere talk, and start accompanying it with action.
Let me confess to you, I am far better at showing love to complete strangers than I am my own wife, and even my kids. Of course, I tell them, “I love you” numerous times a day, but sitting here reflecting on the last week, the number of times I have shown love is far less. I can recall several conversation my wife and I have had in the last several years of ministry, where she has rightfully called me out because I spent a lot of time investing in the needs of others in ministry, but was neglecting the needs of my own family. Let me challenge you to think, how have you shown your love to those you are closest to, both in your physical family and your spiritual family?