“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”
1 John 3:17/NIV
The statement “actions speak louder than words” has been around forever. I have also heard some people refer to individuals with too much to say as a “windbag!” Many people have a lot to say, which may be an outward manifestation of their ego. Some individuals have an opinion about everything but fail to do anything to improve the circumstances of which they speak. Healthy communication does require people to be able to talk and articulate their thoughts, concerns, desires, and needs. If they are motivated to make a change, then one would expect some action.
Communicating healthy thoughts, as well as needs required to improve a situation, may necessitate a healthy balance of discussing concerns as well as remedies. If someone is invested in fixing a problem, they should fix the area of concern. Matthew 7:20 (NIV) tells us, “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Fruits are qualities that involve actions. If someone is a “fruitful” soul, their efforts can help remedy a concern that will be observed. 1 John 3:17 indicates that if we see someone in need but do not help them, it is doubtful the love of God is present.
As we fathom the concept of actions to help our brethren, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 lets us know our acts should also demonstrate love: “If I speak in the tonguesof men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” Upon reading this passage, there is clear teaching that actions without love are worthless. Our love should lead to actions that will help others in need!
The passages explored scream loudly at me! As a follower of Jesus Christ, I should do what He told us to do: “this is my command: love one another” (John 15:12/17). As I have a love I demonstrate toward others, I will be known by my fruits, what I treasure, and where my heart is! 1 John 3:18 (NIV) speaks volumes about how I should live: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Profound! As I move forward in life, I will do so in a manner that reflects “love, actions and truth!”
Self-reflection consideration: do I need to spend less time talking and more time with actions that will demonstrate love and help others?
Many blessings to you!