Today’s Word: LOVE
Today’s Time of Stillness: 24 minutes
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Thank you to Dave Ellegood for today’s guest post.
“I love you more than the tongue can speak”
Those words were brought up after the passing of George Bush. They were words his 3 year old daughter and he would exchange before she passed away from cancer. There is also a hymn that refers to this as well.
I remember hearing these words vividly as my daughter struggled with leukemia, just like Bush’s daughter. At the time I didn’t trust my faith as fully as I do now. I could understand the meaning of the phrase, but it was still just words.
The longer I would search for words to make Alaina feel better, the more speechless I became. There came a time when actions were the best way to show love. A simple hug, a trip to the park or even a meal at her favorite Bojangles on the way to her treatment.
The actions were beyond what the tongue could speak.
“The love that Jesus had for me, To suffer on the cruel tree, That I a ransomed soul might be, Is more than tongue can tell.”
So, what does this phrase mean? Does it say that you can’t express love in words?
At times many struggle for the words to say so that is possible. BUT…what if translates to actions? What if the moments you can’t express love through words cause you to show love in a different way?
Jesus spent his lifetime on earth showing us love as well as telling us about love. The perfect expression of God’s love for others is found in the person of Jesus. Jesus is our benchmark! Jesus does not require anything from us that he did not already live out in his own person and life.
The command to love one another (John 13:34), and love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39), were given and shown by Jesus and now commanded of His followers. Jesus showed compassion for the sick and respect for all, including the sinners. Jesus took time to listen and encouraged others to love.
Before all this there was the ultimate action…
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16