"Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action."
(1 John 3:18)
"I LOVE YOU!" It's everywhere. In movies... in books... on cards... in songs... in gifts... in letters & notes... on our lips. We have countless ways to SAY that we love someone.
The author of 1st John acknowledges this fact. But s/he takes it a step further. Love is most powerful when expressed "IN TRUTH AND ACTION." The action part is easy to identify - it's what we DO, not just what we say. It's the time we spend with others. It's the acts of service and caring - especially to those in need. It's how we use our resources. That's love in action.
Love in truth - that's a bit trickier, isn't it? As I reflect on it this morning, I'm drawn back to our words. Sometimes we say things because it seems like the right thing to say... or we know someone wants to hear it... or we think it'll benefit us. But these don't always equate with truth, do they?
What would it mean to speak the truth in love to each other?