Love Is An Action

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It is easy to say "I love you". People say it all the time. The proof is in the pudding as they say, though. Love is an action. GOD doesn't ask us to declare our love. HE tells us "If you love ME, keep MY commandments". In other words, show you love ME by obeying MY laws. Action, not words.

GOD knows words are often empty and easily broken. People know this to. In the Holy Bible, KJV, Charity is often used for love. To me, Charity is a deeper aspect of love, encompassing compassion, putting others before self. To most people today, charity means pity, in a negative sense. They associate charity with pleas for monetary donations. People look down on homeless people. You see it all the time on social sites like facebook, people posting comments about others who are on welfare...As if those people wanted to live like dogs or worse. People seem to think it is living on easy street when you are forced to scrape by on a few hundred dollars a month. That amount is supposed to feed a family of four and pay the bills as well. Whether it is welfare or disability, like myself, we would change our lot in life if we could. Not everyone has GOD to take care of them as I do. But I know how hard life is for them. It is wrong to condemn them. I know many people who speak of brotherly love in church, yet turn a blind eye to such people in need. Actions count...not words.

I remember back in 2001, when i worked at the deli in Safeway, in Az. There was a homeless man that would come in daily for lunch. Soon after I started working there I met him for the first time. The first thing I noticed was all the girls that worked back there showed obvious repulsion of him. So I immediately went forward to take his order. That day I learned his naem was simply "T". He was homeless by choice. He lived in the hills not far from the store and worked at odd jobs around town. He was a very friendly little guy and he had a huge heart. He and I became close friends. At Christmas time ( I still celebrated Christmas at this time as I did not know better yet) I bought a card for him and got all the store staff to sign it for him. It made him cry, which made me cry. After 9/11, He joined a group from a local church that was going to New York to help take care of the FireFighters. I was so proud of him. He never spoke a word of love...but his every action showed how much he loved his fellow man. Yet so many condemned him simply because he was "homeless". I guess they would also condemn CHRIST...since HE also was "homeless".

Whether it be to GOD wards or to Man wards...always remember it is by far more important to show your love in actions than to speak it. Our actions come directly from our heart. Yes, some people can fake actions, but only for a time, the truth will come out eventually. The heart must show its true colors eventually.

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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Hi tlmcgaa70

Very true.

Love is not a noun but a verb. Saying I love you means nothing with the proof.

As for those who mock the homeless here is something a homeless man taught me many years ago but is still held close to my heart:Be careful we are all one step from the gutter.

God bless you.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

how right you are teacherjoe. more so in these unstable times than ever before. no one is secure in their riches. thank you for stopping by and reading and commenting. have a blessed day.


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boyatdelhi 4 years ago

Your hub is very helpful to understand love. Thanks for sharing the life story. Hope it will benefit others to do good. Thanks for reminding me that Jesus was homeless.

It remind me the words of the Jesus at that last day, "Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

and they asked him Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink or a stranger and invited you in, or when did we see you in need of clothing and clothe you, sick and look after you or in prison and go visit you and HE answered them and said for inasmuch as you have done to the least of these MY children, so you have done unto ME. Amen boyatdelhi. we are told always to do good to strangers for we may never know if we might be entertaining angels unaware. and yet, for Loves sake, for CHRISTS sake we should do good to all we come in contact with. may GOD be with you always my friend.


Deb Welch 4 years ago

Very well put. Jesus was homeless by choice - he was on a journey with his missionary disciples. Jesus could have built a home being he was a carpenter's son and apprentice - Nature was his home for three plus years. It was a wonderful act that you befriended a homeless person instead of what others had done to him. You said you no longer celebrate Christmas. I know the date of 12-25 is a made up date by the world and mostly everything connected with the Christian Holiday in this world is unholy. More of an insult to Jesus' birth than to celebrate it. But still - there are many throughout the world that take HIS birth closely to their heart and in so doing give honor with their family and gifts to a beautiful Christmasday. Useful and Interesting. UP.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Deb Welch...i know that many wish to give honour to CHRIST by celebrating the day of HIS birth...yet, would it not show more honour by refraining from celebrating with paganistic rituals on a day HE was not even born. all that we do in our actions show whether we choose man or GOD. by keeping the LORDs Sabbath on sunday we choose man over GOD. by celebrating holidays created by man we choose man over GOD. it is important that if we are going to worship GOD, we do it HIS way...not mans. thank you for reading, commenting and voting...have a wonderful day.


Deb Welch 4 years ago

Thank you for being thorough in the reasons of not celebrating Christmas or Jesus' birth in your reply. If the Holy Bible had not mentioned the birth of the Christ Child within many verses of Scripture, probably it would have gone unnoticed and not celebrated. Yet - HIS birth was a historic and profound event cited in many pages of the Holy Bible. I guess no one could pin an exact day to HIS birth and that is why December 25th is the closest they could come up with - I don't know that for a fact. This was a Miracle birth and people wanted to remember and not forget this great day in Bible History. I believe Jesus knows our hearts at Christmastime and how we honor the Christ Child even though he is approaching 2,012 years old this 12-25-12 according to our calendars. We love our own birthdays, and many souls are reaching towards being 'born again' another birthday according to Jesus' birth and life. Christmas holidays could use a good purging that I agree with - they have gone way overboard and off the deep end. Thank you enlightening me with your view. Have a lovely day.

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