Is It Time to Shut Your Mouth?

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 
1Jn 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 
1Jn 3:18  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18 KJV

I arrived at the post office with my hair in a million directions, my hands stuffed with unsealed envelopes, what I wanted to mail, an address here and there on a little note or so, and my mind in way too many places. I have no recollection of most of what I said to the postal care worker nor to the man standing in line behind me, but I do recall what he said to me and how I had to ask him to repeat it.

“You’re a humanitarian,” he told me after he heard how my paralyzed dog ate my library book. Now that I recall, I must have told him an the postal care worker as I scurried to get all my mailings together before the post office closed about the 16 mostly special needs and senior rescued dogs in my care.

Now I may be a former English major from an Ivy League university, but I actually had to go home and look up the word humanitarian in the dictionary to see what it means. I had no idea. Now that I know from the online dictionary that a humanitarian is someone who strives to make other people’s lives better, I have to laugh. See, when you love the Lord as much as I do, how can you possibly not dedicate your life to loving and serving Him and in the process wanting to help those in need? What the world may call a humanitarian to me is a simple and natural product of being head over heels in love with Jesus the Christ.

Speaking of Jesus, do you know what He has to say about doing good deeds for others? When He calls us to love one another, He tells us to show our love in deeds and truth rather than to merely love with our mouths and tongues. I wonder what our world would look like if we all stopped saying I love you and started putting our love into action.

Is it time to shut your mouth and put your love into action in someone else’s life, whether that person be a loved one, a family member, a relative, a co-worker, an employer or employee, or even a total stranger? Don’t limit love to your mouth and tongue. Take action.

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