Love Is an Action Word

Love is an action word

Today’s message is very timely for Valentine’s Day! Love is an Action Word – So is Faith!

By Vicki Helmling

We are now in the “love month,” - the month we actively remember to say, "I love you." We see it everywhere - red and pink hearts. The kiddos will be making them in the classrooms. They will be thinking of to whom they want to give Valentines. They will be actively working to show how they feel for those important people in their lives.

We can't really love without acting upon it. To say "I love you," isn't enough; we must act upon it. When we say, "I love you" to someone, our face shows it. Those we love we treat differently. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:4, that “Love is patient, love is kind,” and in verse 7, “It always protects, trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” These are actions. We may at times stray from these actions, but those we love we treat differently. We want to show them how we feel. We want to make things better for the people in our lives.

This is true of faith also. There is a song from the 1990s by Christian artist Rich Mullins, called "Screen Door." In his song, he says faith without works is as useless as a screen door on a submarine. To put a screen door on a submarine would lead to the drowning of those on board.

We know it is through the work of Jesus on the cross that we have eternal salvation, but Christ Himself commanded us to “go and tell” Matthew 28:19. He commended those in Matthew 25:35-40 who fed, gave drink, clothed, took in, looked after, and visited.

We read in James 2:17 that faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Jesus set the example for us as He set about in His earthly ministry. He took care of those in need. He did not judge them - He loved them. Did they have to get their lives in order before He took care of them? NO! First, He cared for them, then He would either tell them, "go and sin no more," or "go and do likewise," or He just ministered to them.

Jesus did give us excellent advice when we are helping others through our faith. He said in Matthew 6:1-4(v.4) to “let your giving be in secret.”

So, during this month in which we celebrate love, find someone and share a bit of faith through actions, secretly - you'll make someone's day. You'll make your day. You might just change a life.

Vicki Helmling is the school administrator at Grace English Lutheran School in Chicago, IL.  Do you have a ministry experience you would like to share? If so, you, too, could be a guest blogger for the English District. For consideration, please send an email to Lynne Cobb, Communications Coordinator for the English District LCMS, at lcobb@englishdistrict.org.