I happened upon a movie on Netflix recently called Coffee Shop and it reminded me that Love is a Verb. Love isn’t just a chemical feeling throughout our body that comes and goes, it is an action or at least it should be. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18. Throughout God’s Word, He instructs us to love others and that if we are without love, we’re basically an empty vessel. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; 13:13.
Throughout my entire upbringing, I had religion crammed down my throat and I was forced to go through the motions. I understand what my parents were trying to instill but they were also trying to ensure I wouldn’t make the same mistakes and suffer as they had. However, my personality pushed back and shut God out more often than I’d like to admit. I’m grateful for my parents being successful in laying the foundation for Christ to be the Lord of my life but in the way that He was presented, it took 27.5 years for my lightbulb moment; the moment in which I understood who God really is to me. But even still, I haven’t fully surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I still struggle with giving God complete control over every little detail of my life. For some people, their hearts are fully dedicated to Christ and it’s easier (or seems to be easier) to surrender to God’s will. For others, such as myself, we’re a work in progress.
So I’ve come to the realization now that if you want someone to know the love of Christ, love them as Christ loves His church. Of course, I believe that we should share the gospels and His teachings that were written throughout Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I believe in the Holy Spirit and being born again. And I believe that we need to know that God isn’t full of just grace or just love but both. “It’s not just one or the other, it’s hard truth and ridiculous grace to be known, fully known, and loved by you.” – written by Tauren Wells in his song, Known.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
– 1 Peter 4:8
Personally, I don’t just want a religion. I want a relationship. I don’t just want to go through the motions, I want to share His love and live intentionally. I don’t want to be a different person in different crowds. I want to be the woman that God intended. I want my heart for others to be known because of Him. I want to live it out, be His beacon, and start that ripple of kindness. Will you join me in pursuing love as a verb?
With Love in Christ,
Love is Action – Tauren Wells
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. 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 how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the World. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – 1 John 4:8-10; 4:13-16