Love is something we do, not merely the words that we say. Yet acting on our love is not always easy-as a wife knows who pulls into the driveway at 5:30 p.m. followed closely by her husband! Both of them have put in a long day at the office, so…who is going to fix the meal, clean up the dishes, and do the laundry? Love means that, even when you and I are exhausted and just want to sit down and do nothing, we cook, serve, and wash.
You see, love has work to do, and love does that work-love takes action-even when doing so requires strenuous effort. Our actions-backing up our words-are the proof of our love. That is why we are called to love not with word or with tongue only, but “in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18).
Where has God placed you to show forth love by your actions? Every family member provides you with an opportunity to put on the work clothes of love and to serve. If you go daily to a job, love has work to do there as well. If you live with roommates, roll up your sleeves and challenge yourself to do the work of love. Wherever you are you are to show forth God’s love not only by words and attitudes but by your actions.