1 Corinthians 13 ~ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (NIV)
Love is not just a feeling or words spoken, but also an action. Because we are loved by the King of Kings who made love an action by dying on the cross for us, we can love others with actions, as well.
There are SO many more ways to love others with actions, but here are a few of mine!
(1.) Write a letter/send an encouraging note
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE WAYS! Writing a letter is a simple & sweet way to show someone you love them & are thinking about them. You can pack your letters with bible verses, cute little drawings, magazine clippings, stickers & TONS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. I have found that this is definitely a way to truly love others as an action.
(2.) Go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41)
Your mom asks you to fold clothes? Do it with a joyful heart & offer to fold another or do an extra chore for her.
Borrow a car from someone? Return it AFTER you’ve washed it through a car wash.
Have the mindset of doing ABOVE & BEYOND in all you do, with a joyful, servant’s heart.
(3.) Ask what ways you can pray for them (& actually do it)
I love when friends ask me for prayer. I’ve learned what a joy it is to have prayer partners that you pray for, that also pray for you. Write their name & request on a card & pray over those requests daily/weekly or once a month. Check up on them & ask how they’re doing or if their prayer has been answered or new ways you can pray for them.
(4.) Compliment them on the little things
Example: when my brother opens the door, my response should be something like, “oh my goodness! Thank you! That was so kind & thoughtful of you. You really have a servant’s heart.” Saying this NOT ONLY speaks edifying words into people & calls out good qualities, but ALSO challenges them & encourages them to truly do what God has called them to do.
(5.) & lastly, bake them their favorite meal & deliver it to them (with a sweet card of encouragement would be so super sweet too :))
I found a recipe a few years ago of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Whenever someone is having a bad day, or I do fundraisers, i always bake them. PEOPLE LOVE THE COOKIES. They always seem to come back for more. They are just so so good. I love baking these cookies for people, because I love seeing the joy on their faces. It shows them I put time into baking them something & it’s something they really love, which all together just makes a beautiful way to love someone 🙂
My challenge to you: is to do ONE OR ALL of these things for someone this week.
Your mom, your siblings, your friends, your youth Pastors wife, your grandparents. ANYONE would absolutely love to receive some love in an action form. 🙂
I’d love to hear how YOU love others through actions! Comment below!