Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:18 (NIV)
He asked her to marry him 23 years ago and has not let a day pass without saying the words , “I love you”. Without regard to location, time of day, or in the midst of others, he allows those words to flow as if they were interchangeable with her name.
He spends many of his evenings in a drunken stupor. Acting like a fool and embarrassing himself in front of her. On occasion, his drunken state provokes him to belittle and nag her about the lack of sex in the bedroom. He can’t control his words in such a desperate state of mind.
When alone with friends, he rarely talks about his wife unless its a complaint about her rules and restrictions. He doesn’t understand why she wants him to stop drinking… he argues to his friends about how it doesn’t really affect anyone but himself.
Our faith should not look like this “loving” husband. One who knows exactly what to say in the right place and time. Our confession of faith isn’t a ticket out of the “doghouse”.
Too many men treat their relationship with Jesus Christ like their unappreciated wife. They say all the right words, but rarely stop to listen to her, offer her gifts, or trade in his desires for her desires. Delivering empty words to Jesus Christ is a shady attempt to cover up illegitimate feelings.
Saying “I love you” is never enough to convey your love. Acting in love and basing your actions on the truth of Christ is the mark of belonging to Christ. Don’t treat Jesus Christ like an unappreciated wife. He didn’t hang on the cross to be patronized by empty words. The least we can do is speak truth and live out His commands.
2 Minute Drill
How often do you tell others about your faith in Jesus?
What one act can you do today that demonstrates your love?
PRAY: God, forgive me for inaction. I talk about my faith but often miss opportunities to show it through my hands and feet. I want to be love in action, not empty words. Amen.