Love In Action
God has violent emotions, that is strong emotions, over you. He is rejoicing, joyful, glad, happy to the extent that He is singing over you as it says in Zep 3:17. He is rejoicing over you with singing.
1 Cor 13:13 says… And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Love is the greatest gift. It is one thing to know and accept the love of God but it is another thing to show it, or put into action.
You hear people say sometimes that love is all about feelings or emotions. Yes, feelings and emotions are a large part of what love is - but the greatest part of love is action. Love is action oriented.
Love is a verb (what you do) more than a noun (a feeling). Many marriages, even among Christians, are failing because they place more value on feelings rather than over actions. Love is action and not just words. Love goes above and beyond for others, not because feelings compel but because it is the choice we make.
Imagine if Christ, just before the cross, went to the garden and thought; I don’t like this feeling, I don’t feel like doing this. If that had happened, we’d all be hopelessly lost.
The good news of course is that Jesus resisted and fought back His feelings and even though He prayed three times to have the cup removed, He was more interested in doing the will of the Father than what He felt like doing…thankfully.
But the disciples didn’t know or appreciate the urgency or the time that was upon them. They fell asleep after Jesus had asked them to sit, watch and pray. How many times has the Lord asked something of us and we just fell asleep, or didn’t do it because we didn’t feel like it?
The hour is at hand. We are living at a time where things are urgent. A time where it is important to sit, watch and pray…but more than that…a time to put aside our own feelings and put love into action like Jesus did.
The bottom line is that love is what a person chooses to do, not what a person chooses to feel. God so loved the world because He felt like it? Yes, He does love us but His feeling of love for us was not enough to save us. That love required action and that included the sacrifice of His only Son. That was the ultimate love in action.
We need to be love in action. If people looked at you, how you live, words you speak, the actions they see, etc. can they see anything different in you that would make them ask - What is the point of difference? It all feeds down to being about love. You love them (not just with words but with actions) and want to see them know Christ and be saved.