Have you ever met someone who was a phony? Someone who, at some point, went out of his or her way for someone else just for the recognition? What about someone who wanted something so badly that he or she pretended to live or act a certain way in order to get it? Chances are, you have, and Scripture warns us not to become this type of person.
The apostle John, in his first epistle, constantly encouraged his audience to love one another. Now, John tells us how we should love. He mentions that we are not to love with words and speech. This is not to say that we should not tell someone that we love them. However, John is here warning us that this is not to be the end of our love for our neighbor and our brother.
Instead of telling someone that we love them right before we do something that tells them different, we should stop and think. Instead of simply telling someone that we love them, we should put action behind it. If we tell someone that we love them, yet it is not backed by acts of love, our words were nothing but lies. This may sound harsh, but it is true.
We must also put action behind our words. This is the important point. Even a person who cannot speak can tell his neighbor or brother that he or she loves them by their acts of love. It is our actions that matter. The big question is this: Do we show our Christian brethren that we love them, or do we simply tell them?
By showing our love for our Christian brethren, we have shown that we love God. If we do not show love for our brethren, what does that say about our love for God? Our actions truly do speak louder than our words. Today, let's choose to show our brethren that we love them.