“Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.” (I John 3: 18, God’s Word Translation)
We are being called to genuine acts of love, from the heart and with pure motives. We are encouraged here to stop talking about goodness and kindness and compassion and healing without the spirit behind those words.
I love that we are being addressed here as “dear children.” It seems that acknowledging this sweet identity, as children of God and also as innocent little ones, gives this admonition even more clarity. To be sincere is to be free of deceit, to be earnest, honest, and real. Aren’t children more naturally like this? They come to one another with open hearts. They don’t try to appear to be something they are not. Their words tend to be straightforward and they usually have a genuine eagerness to listen and to love.
We can become aware of that child within us and nurture its place in our experience. We can come to one another with simple joy and expectation, willingness to listen and to share without superiority. And we can also bring that seasoned adult into play as we use our wisdom to be helpful and to serve one another sincerely and with love.
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