It often amazes me that the entire Bible speaks of God’s love for us, while seldomly speaking the words “I love you” in succession. But, the more I learn God’s character, it’s evident that God’s love is all about action.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV)
This Biblical definition of love isn’t defined by what love says, but what love does. Just as faith without works is dead, love without works is also dead. As we heed the voice of God, He will show us how to put our love into action.
“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (1 John 4:19-21 NIV)