February is the month in which many people celebrate Valentine’s Day – a holiday that often includes hearts, chocolates and saying “I love you.”
When it comes to love, however, words aren’t enough. “Love,” is actually a verb; it requires action. As important as it is to say “I love you” to those we cherish, we must demonstrate our love so they can experience it wholeheartedly!
The word “love,” can actually be an acronym that reminds us how to show our love.
“L” is for listen.
James 1:19 indicates that we should be quick to listen (and slow to speak). When listen to others, giving them your undivided attention, it indicates you care about then and what they have to say. In our daily life, with constant interruptions and distractions, giving the gift of listening is especially important.
“O” is for offer grace.
Ephesians 4:2 says to make allowances for each others faults. When mistakes are made or expectations aren’t met, give people the benefit of the doubt; assume the best, always. Remind yourself that you may not have all the facts, and, they likely had good intentions.
“V” is for voice approval.
Ephesians 4:29 says we are to use our words to build each other up, and, that are words should benefit those who hear them. Rather than criticizing, judging or complaining about others, use your actions and words to affirm them. Demonstrate your approval wholeheartedly!
“E” is for encourage.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says we’re to promote love, good works, meeting together and encouraging one another. Remember that everyone is fighting a battle of one kind or another, and you never know the difference your encouragement can make.
In summary, 1 John 4:7 makes it clear; we are to love one another (for love is from God).
-Who could be the recipient of your love today?