Summary: The Bible implores us to love with actions. Pray about what action-based act of love God might allow you to do today.

First John 3:18 says “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” It is impossible NOT to communicate, but we CAN communicate poorly.

We have all heard it said that actions speak louder than words. Even the same words with a variation of body language can change the meaning of the message. Words are cheap, right? I can and have said many things. Yet good intentions and quick words are no comparison, however, for actions and deeds.

Actions take an entirely different level of commitment and hold far greater gravitas. Your actions are communicating. The question is what are they communicating?

Love, they say, is a verb. Love does. Love is an action word. What actions might you take today to express love and sacrifice for another? Picking up the phone is an action. Sending a heart-felt and handwritten card is an action. Surprising someone with a gift, albeit small, at his or her front door is an action. Talk is cheap. Actions simply cost us more.

Pray about what you can do to express love to one key person or volunteer today. What action-based act of love might God allow you to do today? Ask Him to open your eyes. Ponder what direct action you might take today to express love as an action.