Sunday, September 19, 2010

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18)

Each day the kindergartner arrives to school with unkempt hair, soiled clothes and mud-streaked sneakers. The back of his hand wipes his soggy nose. His appearance cause classmates to snicker, point fingers and play on opposite sides of the playground. When a partner is needed for hopscotch, his name is never called. As other kids laugh, kicking higher on the swings, he sits cross-legged against the chain link fence, feigning interest in a bug that disappears into a nearby hole. Silently he wishes he could crawl into a hole and disappear, too.

No one seems concerned about the little boy in the shadows, except one teacher. Each time she sees him she shouts his name exuberantly, smiles and buckles her knees to mirror his height. He races toward her and leaps into outstretched arms. A smile fills his face that a thousand erasers couldn’t wipe away.

Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite our sinful nature, God chose to lower Himself to our level, embrace our soiled hearts and lavishly pour out His love.

Like the saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words." How clearly do our actions demonstrate unconditional love for others?

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