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Sunday, July 16, 2006

love action

My older daughter was trying to get her young one (13 months at the time) to say ‘I love God’ and was aided in this teaching session by her daughter (8 yrs). They were able to get a response of sorts, his own version, of the first and third words but when they tried to get him to repeat ‘love’, he always wanted to just give them a big kiss. He just knew that this word was an action word and he did the action required to give the real meaning.

Besides warming a grandpa’s heart, this spoke to me about what we older people could learn from this. Sometimes we just say the word ‘love’ but don’t think that any action is required. Although love is identified as a noun, the results of real love should translate into action. If our actions do not back up and/or validate our love statement, truthfulness would demand that another word be used.

1 John 4:20 gives us a challenge: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” If we really love God, we will love the humans that He places in our path for that purpose and translate this love into the appropriate actions. ec

8 Comments:

Blogger Granny said...

It's so simple really. Why do we insist on complicting it.

If I didn't thank you for your last comment, I'm doing so now. Got a little behind.

7/16/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

This is not the easiest thing to do. It takes a mindset and a thick skin sometime, but it is a command so we obey as best we can.

Oh, to be like that innocent baby, loves means action, and just do it.

Betty G

7/16/2006 10:36:00 PM  
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7/16/2006 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

Amen!!

7/16/2006 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - Adults do tend to complicate the matter a lot - kids get to the bottom line.

boopchile - I've heard it said that love is a verb and requires action.

jayleigh - It seems to me that is what the scripture is talking about when it said that unless we become like little children, we shall not enter the Kingdom of God. ec

7/16/2006 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Bonita said...

Yes, this is so true. First, knowledge, then volition, then action. Lets pray that all of us can find the way.

7/17/2006 12:49:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr Eddie ~~ We can never stop learning AND to learn from a little
boy aged 18 months is amazing. If only
we could retain the wonderment and innocence of children. A nice story
thanks for sharing it. Cheers, Merle.

7/17/2006 06:44:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

bonita - With knowledge comes a necessity for action - the action of some is to ignore the knowledge. Our prayers are in the direction of action.

merle - It is amazing what we can learn - and relearn - from children, along with the joy of the journey. ec

7/17/2006 12:12:00 PM  

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