1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Telling others about God’s love is meaningful, but we show our true heart, and more importantly, God’s heart, when we put that love into action.
The Go Team is a Wednesday night kids program for grades 2-5 with a focus on service and outreach. We asked the kids to reflect on this verse and tell us, in their own words, what it means to them. This is what they said:
- Saying love is good, but showing love is better.
- It is more valuable to do something than to just say it.
- Anybody can just say something – if you DO something, it shows you really care.
- If you take the time to do something, it shows someone you care.
- People will remember how you acted a lot more than what you said.
- Actions speak louder than words.
- You should “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk”.
We then asked how they could apply this verse in their lives. Here were their suggestions:
- Do things without being asked (chores, homework, etc.)
- If you see a need, do something – don’t wait for someone else to do it.
- Give someone a hug – SHOW them you love them.
- Give. Demonstrate your love in your generosity.
- Serve and put others first.
- Think of someone else before you think of yourself.
- Do something unexpected for someone (shovel a neighbor’s driveway.)
- Volunteer your time (homeless shelters, Feed My Starving Children, etc.)
Do you show God’s love in your actions? Can people tell you are a follower of Christ, even before you tell them? Do your actions reflect God’s heart?
Dear God, thank You for loving us so much. Help us to show that love to others, not just in our words, but in our actions. May others see Your love in us through both what we say and what we do. Amen.
Submitted by: The Prairie Oak Go Team