Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Talk is cheap!

If you love me, you will obey what I command (John 14:15).

Love is proven by actions. It’s not that words are unimportant—they are meaningful and vitally important to the beloved one—but the proof of love is in the actions of the lover. This is true in all our relationships: the one who loves will demonstrate that love through acts of love. There’s an old saying: “Talk is cheap!” When it comes to love, talk is cheap. Words of love must be accompanied by loving deeds, if the words are to mean anything.

One definition of a Christian is “one who loves Christ” (e.g., John 8:42; Ephesians 6:24). Question: Do you love Christ Jesus? How do you know? After all, you can’t see Jesus or touch him. Just how do you love one you can’t see? Jesus gave us the answer: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” Our love for Jesus is proven by our actions.

Jesus is the eternal Word—God in human flesh (John 1:1, 14). The Bible—both Old and New Testaments—is the word of God: “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). Therefore, to obey what Jesus commands is, in essence, to obey the Bible.

My friend, whether or not we love Jesus—that is, whether or not we are Christians—is not a matter of what words we say or sing; it’s a matter of how devoted we are to his word, the Bible. Do you love the word of God? Do you cherish the Scriptures? Is your heart’s desire to obey what God has said? If you love Jesus, you love his word.

Believer in Jesus, make it your business to get in God’s word. Read it, study it, know it and, then, obey it. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

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