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Monday, January 14, 2013

Love Seen and Heard


Love Seen and Heard
-Mack Tomlinson

A Christian hears of a need their friend has and sends something that will tangibly meet that need. Then they call or go see them to say, "We truly want you to know that we love you."

Loving in deed and in word. Love is to be seen and heard.

Love is not fully given toward others until two things happen. First, actions toward that person which show genuine love; second, words verbally expressed to tell them of your love for them.

Often Christians only say to others they love them and never do anything of actions to evidence genuine love. Love verbalized without actions of love is not mature love.

But Christians often show actions of love toward others (gifts, personal support, and other actions of love), yet fail to express verbally to people their love. Verbal expressions of love are a genuine proof of love felt in the heart and life.

If others don't see your love in action, they won't know it's real. If they don't hear you say it, they won't feel your love as much. Others ought to see our love in action toward them and they ought to hear it from our lips.

Yesterday at church, who did you love, both in "word" and in "deed"? Don't just tell others you love them--show them with your life. And don't just show them you love them with your life--say it to them. Both are needed. (1 John 3:18)

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone who loveth is born of God and knoweth God." - The Apostle John

- John 13:35
- 1 John 4:7-8

- Mack Tomnlinson