What Does Your Love Say?
When I started courting my wife in Bible
College, she went to our pastor and asked
him what questions she should ask me to make
sure I was a good man. He instructed her to ask
me if I tithed. He said, "If he says he loves
the Lord and does not give to the Lord, then
likewise he will tell you he loves you and not
give to you." This is very sound wisdom and
I've have seen many a spouse say they love the
other, but their actions state the opposite.
Just like in our text, if we say we love the Lord
and we don't obey, give, and serve Him, then
something is amiss. Love is more action than
it is feeling; so how is our love manifested in
our lives? What do our actions say about our
real love for the Lord? 1 John 4:20 states, "If a
man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he
is a liar! for he that loveth not his brother whom
he hath seen, how can he love God whom he
hath not seen?" There needs to be a consistency
between what we say and what we do.
So, as I look at my life today, is what I say illustrated by my
actions? If not then I need to confess my lack of consistency. Then
I need to make this a part of my daily prayer life; analyzing and
asking God to speak and empower my love be genuine.
"'No man can serve two masters: for either he will
hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Pastor Jerry Beaver,
Tabernacle Baptist Church,
Today's Through the Bible Reading
Ezekiel 17,18,19; Hebrews 13