“More Than Words”
Key Text: 1 John 3:18
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
There’s a popular song that speaks about love this way:
Sayin’ I love you
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It’s not that I want you
Not to say it, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
Cause I’d already know
I’m not sure how I feel about these lyrics. On the one hand, I think there are times when we can and should say “I love you” comfortably, boldly, honestly, unapologetically. On the other, there are times when mere words are not enough – actions have to speak louder than words.
Well, the apostle John never imagined that there would come a time when such a thing as radio would exist, beaming sentiments about love all around, twenty-four hours a day. He did, however, understand that at times actions should speak louder than mere words – regardless of how powerful some words can be.
In our walk of faith, as followers of Christ, we must love not just “in word and speech, but in truth and action.”
If we did more of this, more effectively, more often – there would be far fewer people in the world accusing Christians of being hypocrites.
So, don’t be afraid to say “I love you” when it is appropriate to say so.
Don’t be afraid to show it either – so there is no question that what you have said is true.