Putting Our Love Into Action

“What the world needs now, is love sweet love.
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

“All you need is love. (dah to dah dah dah…)
All you need is love.”

Remember those songs? Both songs talk about love… and there are hundreds of other songs like those. Everyone wants to be loved.
Jesus said in John 13:34-35, “The world will know you are my disciples if you love one another…” Clearly Jesus wanted His followers to be known for love. But, our love should lead us to action.
In I John 3:17, the apostle John said, “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?”
John is saying that our love should be marked by compassion and action. This is especially true during the Christmas season. Do you know someone in need? Help them!
Many churches put love into action through Operation Christmas Child. Others may purchase gifts for a few children in a family. I’ve heard of individuals who may help out someone less fortunate during the Christmas season.
Jesus Christ was about love. He loved us enough to come to this earth to die for our sins. He loved the down and out and those who were hurting. He loved people in spite of their flaws. He told His disciples that the world would know they are Christians if they love one another.
Our lives should be marked by love. But also, we should love one another.
James said, “If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it” (2:16)?
Put your love into action by caring for others.
One of my best Christmas memories is watching someone’s reaction to a gift. When I was growing up, there was a family who Daddy had hired as “milk hands.” There was one boy in the family, Larry, who was a very hard worker… Daddy wants to reward him. So, one year he gave the family a Christmas bonus and he gave Larry a shotgun. I can see Larry walking back to his house and holding his shotgun. He was proud of it.
That’s what Christmas is about… helping others. Bake some cookies… make a pie or a cake… give someone a gift certificate to some restaurant… Share the love of Jesus with others.

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