Someone said to me the other day, “Love is the most overused word in the world.”
I started thinking about it, and had to agree she is right.
Sure, we all use the word “love”.
We love pizza, popcorn, and pretzels.
We love the Bears (well, some of us do), baseball, and baked goods.
We love television, movies, and video games.
But honestly, I’m not thinking of those things.
I’m referring to people who tell you how much they love you, when there’s nothing behind their words to show it.
Love is more than a four letter word.
True love will always have corresponding actions; proof the professed love is genuine.
For example, “I love you” means nothing to me if in the next breath you’re talking bad about me to whoever will listen.
Would you like a good picture of real love?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV)
God didn’t just leave us a voicemail, or write us a message in the clouds, “I love you.”
No, there was an old rugged cross on a hill called Golgotha, some 2000 years ago to show His message of love to all mankind.
God didn’t try to win our allegiance with words of affirmation and promises of love and favor.
He loved us.
And still does.
So if you love me, show me.
If you say you love your spouse, your kids, your church, or even your country, show it.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. ” (John 15:13 ESV)
In other words, true love is willing to pay the ultimate price if that’s what it takes.
So, if you say you love God, how will you show it?
Or are you simply using a four letter word?