Sunday: 28th April, 2018
Reference text: 1 John 3:18-24
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
A genre of Ghanaian music that still remains unique and dear to the heart of many is ‘Hi-life’, possessing distinct rhythm and accompanying dance moves. If there is one particular song I remember growing up from this genre, it was one with lyrics that could be translated as ‘show your love for the whole world to see’. Those words are the core and crust of today’s text from the first letter of John.
‘My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.’ To put in other words, love can and should be seen. In our human relationships, in many contexts we do not have to hear others say ‘I love you’ because all they do, show this fact. My dear, if love was just talk, then the old testament promises and prophecies would be all we have this day, but the practicality and active nature of ‘true love’ is what gave us our crucified and risen saviour, Jesus.
Love maybe an abstract noun, but for all intents and purposes, even when not written in the infinitive form ‘to love’, it is actually an action word, a doing word that calls for intentional actions to be taken. We cannot therefore just ‘talk love’ and leave things at that. We need to show it. If our world has people who ‘really love’ using the full scope of active and doing as the guiding principles, how beautiful our world would be!
Remember # our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.