All You Need is Love is a great song by my favorite band of all-time, the Beatles. The song has a great message. They are saying that it only takes love to make a difference in the world around you. I agree with that partially. The idea of love is great and I agree that we do need love, but love without action doesn’t have much effect.
Let’s see what Jesus had to say on the subject of love.
1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
I’ve heard it said that you can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Notice that this verse tells us that love isn’t just about our words or thoughts; it’s about our actions too. Love is about reaching out and meeting the needs of others. Sometimes meeting someone’s needs is as simple as a smile or sharing a word of encouragement. Sometimes it means doing something or giving something more substantial. There are many ways to show the love of God. You could pay for someone’s gas or groceries. You could go clothes shopping with someone. You could even help pay someone’s bills if they are down and out until they can get back on their feet again.
Do you see a need in someone’s life around you that you could meet? Remember, you are the hands and feet of Jesus in the earth. The Lord wants to bless you today so that you can be a blessing to others. He wants to work through you to show His love and compassion.
Today and everyday, look for ways to put you love into action. The Bible says that it’s God’s kindness that leads people to repentance. He wants to show His kindness throughout the earth through you. Step out and sow good seeds of love by meeting the needs of others. God promises that those seeds will produce an abundant harvest in your own life in return.
I want to give each of you an assignment. Over the next week, find three different acts of kindness that you can show to others. Even small and simple acts can make a huge difference in the lives of others. If you want, comment back on this blog and share with us what you did. You can include any effect it had on the person and also, what it had on you. You might be surprised at the chain reaction that putting some action into your love can cause.