When I was young and innocent, I was protected with a bubble of love from the realities of the world. I listened and did what the adults around me told me to do, the ‘do as I say’ rule. I learned how to develop my character by mimicking what I saw around me. Luckily, I was surrounded by parents, great aunts and uncles, and grandparents who helped me develop strong morals.
The one thing I wasn’t taught, is that actions speak louder than words. Sometimes it was after a heartbreak or disappointment from those I thought were friends. It’s a part of growing up in our society. The old adage “Do as I say, not as I do”, teaches to listen to words, not actions.
It makes me wonder if we would have been better for it to be educated at a young age to learn and understand what John mentions in his first epistle (below). After all, the Bible does have many lessons for us. For example Ecclesiastes chapter 11:1- 2 teaches us not to put all our eggs in one basket. (But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.)
According to Britannica, the John’s first epistle, he was addressing a group of churches where “false prophets,” denounced as Antichrist, denied the Incarnation of Jesus. In 1 John 3:18, he writes “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
As Christians, our actions and character speak louder than our words. We have learned this through interactions with others growing up. We court God with what we think, do and say, and all this is part of the Love Fruit.
How this is connected to the Fruit of the Spirit : Love
Any seed we plant in our heart, will grow, whether it’s a good seed, negative seed, or bad seed.Neal Reyes
According to Neal Reyes, our soul is comprised of 3 pieces: Mind- what we think, Will- what we choose, and Emotions- what we feel. So, our actions, or will, is how we court God, and what type of seed we will plant.
Watch the video below about the Love Fruit of the Spirit, how it connects to the Gifts of the Spirit, and how we can court God through what we say and do.
Have a blessed day my brothers and sisters in Christ.