When someone says, “I love you,” to me, I expect the words to be supported by more than words.
Love shows up every day in countless ways through unconditional, selfless, and kind actions–as well as a myriad of other attitudes described in 1 Corinthians 13.
Were a person to say he or she loved me and then act in such a way that harms me, disregards my desires, or consciously grieves me, I would begin to assume that person does not, in fact, love me.
The declaration would become mere empty words.
So why is it so easy for me as a believer to do that to the God I say I love?
If I say that I love God, my actions must support this. I must honor what He honors and behave in a way that shows my love.
I do not do this to earn His salvation or merit His favor. I do this because it is the fruit of a true, stalwart love.
Love can only be proven true in action.
Each day I must ask myself, “Do I really love God?” as I go about the daily business of life. The answer resides in my behavior.
O that my Savior would give me the power to love Him well, and to show forth the fruit of love in obedience every day, every hour, every second.