“Wherefore show ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf” (2 Corinthians 8:24).
It’s very easy to say the words “I love, you” – but it’s quite possible that the ones which we love the most may struggle with the knowledge of whether or not they’re really loved. The ones we live with and are closest to may not fully recognize the sincerity and depth of our love.
I have no doubt that in extreme situations most parents would lay down their lives for their children; most husbands would sacrifice their own lives for the sake of their wives. But those extreme situations are rare and most of us are never called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice.
Instead we are called to live in everyday, ordinary situations where we have the tendency to take each other for granted. Meaningful and necessary words and deeds that would otherwise express and prove our love go unsaid and undone; and the depth and sincerity of our love is never fully known.
Paul encourages us to show the proof of our love. Put that love into words and actions. Invest a treasure of time, energy or money into the lives of the ones you love the most.
Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries