I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words.”  Maybe, like me, you have even used it as a parent a time or two.  I have to confess something—I have a problem with actions sometimes.  Take this blog as an object lesson.  I have thought about writing it more than 20 times.  More than five times I’ve been gently nudged and replied with a plan on when I would have it done, only to not deliver.  Disappointing!  When we do that to people, what happens?  Do they learn that we are not trustworthy?  Do they think we find them unimportant?  Do we feel inadequate or ashamed? 

What if God had done that to us?  What if God had said, “I’m going to send them a Savior,” and had later thought, “I’ve changed my mind,” or “They really aren’t worth my time.”  God is God. He could have done that and been perfectly justified in doing so.  By the same token though, God is love. He personifies love.  1 Corinthians 13 tells us that love, perfect love such as God personifies is patient, is kind, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. It never fails. 

Actions speak louder than words because they are the embodiment of love.  Certainly we can tell others we love them, but showing them we do by keeping our word, being patient, kind, protective, trustworthy, hopeful and perseverant, that is love.  Daily we are provided opportunities to act in love.  At LWMS we strive to put actions behind our purpose of supporting missions and bringing Christ to a dying world.  My prayer each day is that God will help us all to act in loving ways for his good purpose so that others will see his love—not just in our words, but in our actions—as he taught us.