“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18, ESV)
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Like many husbands, I got my lovely wife a sweet card and took her to her favorite restaurant to eat for Valentine’s Day. To be very honest, Valentine’s Day is the easiest day of the year to show love and appreciation because everyone is doing it. Every store you go into has tangible reminders with cards, candy, and gifts conveniently displayed. But what about the day after Valentine’s Day? What about showing love every day?
The truth is that real love doesn’t just happen on a certain day. Real love happens every day. Real love happens in the small everyday things as well as in the big holidays. The verse I quote above is a great reminder that our love really is ultimately shown by our integrity and our deeds. Words are cheap but deeds cost us and integrity is priceless. The problem in so many marriages isn’t that there is not enough love shown on Valentine’s Day, but rather there is not enough love in the other days of the year.
So, what about the day after Valentines Day? Let it be a great reminder of what true love involves every single day – deeds and truth! By the way, 1 John 4:7-12 says that the pattern for love like this is found in the love of God through our Savior Jesus Christ. The cross where Jesus died for our sins is the ultimate expression of love in both deed and truth. It is only through the great love of God that we sinful human beings are capable of loving in the same way. Show love today – in deed and truth!