ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Put Your Love Where Your Mouth Is

Updated on May 20, 2010

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15.

Loving God is more than strict religious observance of the Ten Commandments, or blindly following the rules, regulations and dogma of a church or denomination. Quite the contrary, it goes much deeper than that. I’m convinced God wasn’t observing rules, when He sent Jesus to die for our sins. It was a pure act of love on the part of the Father and the Son. For God to do less would contradict His own Character, for God is Love. (1John 4:8)

For the Christian, love is paramount - love for God, and for the brethren. In the above verse in Matthew, Jesus was actually quoting a passage from the Book of Isaiah. He was admonishing the religious leaders against holding onto the traditions of men and ignoring the commandments of God. Conversely, loving God involves obeying His Commandments, and the two are not to be separated. In other words, just observing the commandments only as a matter of religious duty without love, carries no weight. The common denominator is love.

The Apostle Paul states that even if he spoke with the tongues of men and angels, and have not love, he would sound like a cymbal, or something made of brass.

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I ambecome as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 1Corinthians 13

Jesus said: If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15.

Love the brethren

In addition to loving God, which is the first commandment, we are instructed to love the brethren in the Body of Christ. One of my earlier hubs entitled We are Family goes into more detail, but since I’m here, I believe it bears reinforcing. It is easy for some

Christians to say we love God who we cannot see, but mistreat the brethren we see everyday. The Apostle John goes deeper into the subject, even referring to hating a brother as murder by shutting up their bowels of compassion when a brother or sister is in need. In some cases, the Church shows more love to those of the world, than to those that are in the Church - those that have the Blood of Christ coursing through their veins.

I’ve noticed that some Christians are all too willing to open up their hearts and purses, to help those in different countries after having their heartstrings pulled by pictures of starving, doe-eyed children, but are reluctant to help one of their own when he or she falls into adversity. Don’t get me wrong. Christ died for the world, and helped the world, but home comes first. We are commanded to do good to all men, but especially to those of the household of faith. See Galatians 6:10.

We are identified with God and the world, by how much we love each other. The lonely and displaced in the world are looking for acceptance, and look to the Church for that acceptance, but if we cannot accept one another, and love one another as Christ loves us, we are of no use to them. On the other hand, if we exhibit from the heart, and not for show, the love and compassion we have for one another, and how we are willing to stand by one another even in the face of adversity, then we have God to offer them.

The next time during worship service, take a look around at your brothers and sisters, and if you find they have a need, fill that need, because you will be spending eternity together.

Let’s stop talking love, and put our love where our mouth is.

These hubs reflective what I believe and live of God's Word and the life of Jesus Christ.  I am currently available to those who would like to host me to minister to their congregation, large or small.  If interested, please pray about it and drop me a line on my page and I will contact you.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)