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How are we, as believers, showing love to others in our day-to-day lives? Do we, as Christians, display behaviors that align with the Word of God? Do we treat both believers and non-believers with the same mercy and love that Jesus showed us?
L E T T H E M S E E L O V E.
How we treat each other can be a truer display of God’s love than any testimony we can write. Our actions often give an unfiltered truth louder than any words we can speak.
Let them see love … by speaking truth and kindness.
“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” – Psalm 34:13
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1
“These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another .. do not devise evil in your hearts against one another..” – Zechariah 8:16a-17a
Let them see love … by keeping your mouth shut!
We have always heard: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Turns out that is biblical, and we cannot ignore what our mamas told us!
“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” – Psalm 141:3
“Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.” – Proverbs 11:12
Let them see love … by reflecting the light of God that is within us.
Jesus is the “true light” that shines into every heart that believes in Him. God overcomes all darkness in our lives with His light, bearing love and mercy and grace (John 1:9).
“You [who are in Christ] are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In she same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
“So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”- Romans 13:12b
“.. come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.” – Isaiah 2:5
Let them see love … by being a humble servant to those around us.
“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”- 1 Peter 4:9-10
“.. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” – 1 Peter 5:5b
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord… Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” – Romans 12:8-11,16-17
Let them see love … by welcoming others without judgement.
JUDGING AIN’T LOVING! God has accepted us just as we are, and he also accepts others just as they are. He does not ask for our help in matters of judgment. He only commands us to “love our neighbors as [ourselves]” (Matthew 22:39).
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” – Romans 8:1
“Judge not, that you not be judge. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” – Matthew 7:1-2
CHECK YOURSELF! Take a step back and make sure your words and your actions are speaking love to those around you. Make sure you are aligned with God and walking in His will for your life. If not, humble yourself and ask for forgiveness and direction. He will provide. He is faithful and just and the sole author of genuine and unfaltering love.
All passages in this post are from the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible.