(Extracts from Rick Warren, A Purpose Driven Connection.)
Dear Children, let’s not merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions (1 John, 3:18)
If you really love someone, then you show it by how you act toward that person.
Love is more than attraction and more than arousal. It’s also more than sentimentality, but so many of today’s songs suggest otherwise. By their standard, love is dead when emotions are gone. But it’s not, not at all – because love is an action, and a behaviour.
Love is a CHOICE.
Over and over again in the Bible, God commands us to love each other, and you cannot command an emotion. If I told you right now, “Be sad!” you couldn’t be sad on cue. Just like an actor, you can fake it but you’re not wired for your emotions to truly change on command.
If love were just an emotion, THEN GOD COULDN’T COMMAND IT.
But love is something you do. It can produce emotion, but love is action.
The Bible says, “Let’s not merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions.” We can talk a good act but do we really love them?……our love is revealed in how we ACT toward them.
Love is a CHOICE. What are you choosing?