Friday: 7th June, 2019
Reference text: John 21:15-19
John 21:17 Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was deeply hurt that Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love Me?” “Lord, You know all things,” he replied. “You know I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
One reason couples offer for the issues in their relationship often begins with the statement: “At first, they used to tell me… Now, they don’t”. This hints at a gap in communication probably not created intentionally, but over a long period of time due to familiarity. In other words, we only stop saying things because we assume others should already know those things we will say since we use our actions.
‘Action speaks louder than words’: that seemed like the message Peter wanted to communicate to Jesus. In fact, he might have even expected Jesus to draw his own conclusions on the basis of their time spent together. Hence, he was frustrated almost to the point of tears when he was required to answer the same question three times to prove his love. In a rather subtle way, he even wondered if Jesus, the son of God, was actually who He was because surely, after three years, he should be capable of telling if someone loved him or not.
Sweetheart, it is true that actions may speak louder than words, but they do not take the place of words; whether spoken or written, there is always a place for words. This message you read now comes as words, the intention and action of wanting to write them cannot take the place of the words themselves. So, don’t stop speaking because you think others already know. Don’t hold on to your words because your actions ‘speak’ louder. Your actions and your words should be complementary, reserve a place for words.