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Love in Deed and Truth

1 John 3:19-20

Little children, we must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth; that is how we will know we are of the truth, and will convince our hearts in His presence, because if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.

We can tell a person we love him/her, but unless we follow it up with action, it is not real. God knows when we harbor bitterness or unforgiveness, and just saying that we love or forgive someone is empty. We will know we truly love someone or have forgiven someone when we can follow it up with our deeds in truth. God, who is greater than our hearts, knows all things and will judge what is in our hearts.

When we have loved with our words, our deeds, and in truth, we can stand with confidence in God’s presence and ask for anything we want in that situation. That is a heart God can trust because it is transparent before Him without sin. We all need this type of heart before God, and it comes when we can love with our actions, as well as our words.

Today, think about those who challenge your love or your patience. Choose to love and forgive with both words and actions. Don’t harbor bitterness because it will only hurt you. Love with your words, then follow it up with action. Go before God with a confident heart that He will give you whatever you need in the situation. He is greater than our hearts and is able to change them. He knows all things and can work them together for your good. That is His ultimate plan.

Have a blessed day!

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