"Either make the tree sound, and its fruit sound, or make the tree rotten, and its fruit rotten, for the tree is know and recognized and judged by its fruits."
Jesus said we are known by our fruits we hand to others. That means people can tell who we are on the inside by what we produce on the outside.
Jesus didn't just speak about love. He showed love by his actions. Acts 10:38 says he got up daily and went about doing good and healing those who were harassed and oppressed by the devil. His disciples saw him daily helping people, listening to them, or letting his plans be interrupted in order to help someone who came to him with a need. The disciples saw him make sure they always had money set aside to help the poor. They also witnessed him being quick to forgive and showing patience with the weak. He was kind, humble, and encouraging, and never gave up on anybody. Jesus did not merely talk about loving people, he showed everyone around him how to love. Our words are important, bu our actions carry more weight.
One of the largest problems we face as Christians is that we listen to people tell us what to do. We even tell others what to do. Then we walk our of church on Sundays with these words in our hearts and do nothing for the week. It doesn't matter what we think we know. The proof is in our actions to others.
I am constantly asking myself, "What am I actually doing as a Christian to show love towards others?" We can be deceived by knowledge, according to Paul (Corinthian 8:1). We become blinded by the pride of what we know to the point where we can never see that we are not really practicing any of it. we should all make sure there is no gap between what we say and what we do.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "look for ways to show love for others."
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, show me who needs me."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.