Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

A wife told her husband, “You never say anymore that you love me!” Her husband’s reply was probably consistent with what many wives experience from their husbands, “I told you at the wedding that I loved you. If I ever change my mind, I will let you know! Real love does not act like that!

A wife said to her husband, “I love you!” Later in the day, she said, “You always mess up. I am going to get someone I trust to do that work.” He slinked away thinking, “She does not respect me.” Real love does not act like that!

A child says to a parent while walking out the door, “Love you! See you later!” Immediately however, he proceeds to go to a place, to be with friends, and to do things that he knows are not acceptable to his parents. Real love does not act like that!

A parent says to a child, “I love you more than anyone else on earth does! Don’t ever forget that.” Later that same day, both mom and dad confront her over something she forgot to do. In the conversation, they tell her, “You are so scatter-brained! How are you ever going to be able to live on your own!” Real love does not act like that!

I Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. There are many things we can learn from that great passage of Scripture! One of those great lessons is this fact. Every description of love is written in active terminology. Love is about doing, not saying.

Now, saying that we love people is certainly a good thing. However, it is absolutely required that we show people our love. An old poem says in part, “I would rather see a sermon than to hear one any day. I would rather someone walk with me than merely point the way.”