Let us not love by words only but by actions
I received this video shared by Sister Adeline this morning. I find it a great encouragement for us to continue loving in actions and not only by words.
The video is about a 30 year old man spending his time as a teacher in a poverty stricken village in Yunan Province of China. He can play guitar and compose songs. He joined a Talent Search programme with a simple desire to earn more money which could afford him to buy meat for his students. He did not mention a word of loving these children but his action spells “sacrificial love” for them and it can be understood by all.
There are so many passages in the bible telling us that our belief is like noisy gong if it does not touch others’ lives and make a difference.
“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17);
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
It is not uncommon that we are able to share a meaningful message of salvation, a great testimony of God’s goodness, sing with much adoration and joy in worship, pray fervently for the lost souls, our nation and the needy world. However, when we face a situation where we need to sacrifice our time, impose inconvenience into our routine, we will just decide not to do it.
In 2002, when my family visited Beijing and Chengde, China. We met a teacher selling his calligraphic skill by writing poems using Chinese name. I bought two pieces for my two children. The teacher told us that he is doing this because he wants to help the village children to go to school and learn. I did not know how true the story was but his dedication (if it is true) is so commendable.