Love in Action

I’ve been thinking a lot about love. Maybe it is the start of a new year. Maybe it is because both of my parents, my living grandmothers, my brothers, and my wife all have birthdays in January and February and so I keep thinking about people whose lives I am eager to celebrate and show love. Maybe it is because I’m trying to find the words to describe the love made real in a good friend whose funeral I led a few weeks ago.

Love is full of power.

Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote in An Experiment in Love that there is an agape love that is of God, that: “is not a weak, passive love. It is love in action. Agape is love seeking to preserve and create community. It is insistence on community even when one seeks to break it…The cross is the eternal expression of the length to which God will go in order to restore broken community. The resurrection is a symbol of God’s triumph over all the forces that seek to block community.”

There is something all at once simple and yet incredibly difficult to explain about love. It is kind of like the wind, you can feel it at work but it is hard to describe. Love is both day-to-day actions and big momentous special occasions. Love needs to be said out loud but it rings hollow if it doesn’t have actions surrounding it.

I wonder if there might be a way you can both speak love and put love into action this week? When is the last time you expressed your love of God to God? When is the last time you put your love of God into action? How about love in your marriage? To your children? Your grandchildren? Your great-grandchildren? How about a friend?

Ask God to show you a way you can put love into action this week. Love needs to be expressed in both words and action, and I pray that you will find a way to put the agape love of God into practice this week.