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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Best Expression of Love Is Time

In review of 1 John 3:18 it says, “We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words”

Bottom Line:
Show love for others by truly helping them, and not just talking about it

What this means to me:
Actions speak more than words. I should not just say I love people, I need to really love them, and show it by my actions and my time.

Today’s verse comes from 1 John 3.  In it John explains that the message we have heard from the start is that we should love one another. If we do this, we shouldn't be surprised if the world hates us. After all, we know what real love it because Jesus gave up his life for us, so we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If we have the means to live well and see someone in need but show no compassion, then how is God's love in us. So do not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident in where we stand before God. God’s command is that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.  Those who obey God's commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them.

Another truth I need to remember is that if I want to reduce the stress and overload is knowing that the best expression of love is time. Today's verse from 1 John 3:18 says, “We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words” (GW).

The most desired gift of love is focused attention and as such the greatest gift I can give anybody is my time. It’s the most precious and desired gift because my time is my life.

Time is my most precious commodity because I only have a certain amount of it. God’s already decided the number of days I’m going to live. While I can always get more money or things, I cannot get more time. So this means that every time I give someone my time, I’m giving that person a portion of my life that I will never get back. That’s why the greatest gift I can give someone is my time.

In our quick paced culture many people are in time-starved relationships. We live in the same home, but we pass each other by night like ships, the relationship can shrivel and dry up for lack of attention. There are a lot of things can rob a relationship. For instance work, hobbies, and even church involvement or ministry can rob a relationship.

In order for me to revitalize a relationship I should start by investing more of myself by giving away my time. As I express my love through time, I will be a blessing to others, and I can enjoy a deeper, more meaningful relationships.

Today, I will consider how to give my time away to show love, care and service to others.