Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Actions and Truth

Daily Gratitude Year 6- Day 170: Today, I am grateful true love reveals itself in actions and truth.

There was a fun old song  by Betty Everett called "It's In His Kiss". It went like this:

"Does he love me, I want to know
How can I tell if he loves me so
Is it in his eyes, oh no you'll be deceived
Is it in his eyes, oh no you'll make believe
If you want to know, if he loves you so
It's in his kiss
That's where it is, oh yeah"

Now, I am not saying a kiss is the only way (or even the best way) to figure out if it is true love, but the tune is catchy and it makes a valid point. Love... real love...  expresses itself in actions and truth. 

True love waits.
True love listens.
True love is patient.
True love is kind.
True love is humble.
True love is tenacious.
True love bears all things. 
True love encourages.
True love lifts up others.

I remember Dad saying, "You gotta back it up." When a man gives his word... or a woman... we have to own it, live by the commitment and seek forgiveness when there is wrongdoing. Love is a perfect commitment to imperfect people. And, there are many people... by God's grace... who love us in our imperfections. Saying "I love you" means nothing if you can't back it up. 

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. -1 John 3:18

I think John addresses how casually and flippantly we throw out the word love. Over the course of 2000 years, technology has changed, but people haven't changed that much. Cultures can evolve but the ways we express love are still mostly through our actions. How we live life reveals the truth about whom we love. 

Love isn't always easy, but it is always worth it. 

I've been savoring the Sidewalk Prophets song, "Come To The Table." It oozes love and you the peace of Jesus is nearly tangible. 


In our country home, there was always room for one more at the table. There was enough food for five or for twelve. There was always good food and fellowship. Conversations, questions and listening. Love manifests its truth in our actions. 

Today, I am grateful true love reveals itself in actions and truth.

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