Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:18 (NIV)
It can be really easy to say the “right” things. If someone asked you the question, ‘should you lie?’, you know what the “right” answer is. However, when you’re in a pinch and lying will help you look better, or get out of trouble, what do you do?
Today’s Bible verse is talking about this very thing. It’s telling us that not only saying something matters, it’s also about what you do.
If you say you love other people, but aren’t friendly to the new student, or help encourage the student being bullied, you’re loving people with words, but not with action. Loving someone with action and truth takes guts. It asks you to step beyond what seems comfortable to do what is right. That is what today’s Bible verse challenges us to do.