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Expressions from the Heart

Love with Action


Love with Action by Julie McAllen

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. (1 John 3:18-20)

How we long to have our hearts at rest in God’s presence! According to this, we rest when we know we belong to the truth. And how do we know? By action taken first. For we are not to love just in words, but with actions and in truth. This is not talking about works for works sake as if we perform an action and then God will grant our requests. It has to do with faith. When we feel the nudge to trust and go forward in faith, we know we belong to the truth because we have listened to his voice. Has God put something on your heart? Some action you’ve neglected due to fear of failure? Never put out that fire. Trust the nudge. Do you know why we put out our own fire? Because our own hearts condemn us. We doubt our abilities, our circumstances, the reactions of others to us, etc. We allow our hearts to condemn us. When that happens, we’ve given lordship to the sin nature and fear reigns supreme. If we truly have faith and make Jesus Lord in our lives, we trust that we are not condemned because as the word of life proclaims, “God is greater than our hearts.”

So where are you? Who told you that you were naked? God speaks to your heart assuring you that you’ve been forgiven, empowered, given victory, and are no longer condemned, but another voice says otherwise. Faith is trusting God’s voice. He clothed you in his righteousness at the cross, who told you that you were naked? When we find ourselves in a state of condemning our own hearts, that nakedness immobilizes our actions to follow the nudge in something we’re called to do. God has plans for you and yet you do not trust him enough to follow through. You feel the unrest and begin praying, but in actuality you’ve already given into doubt not trusting God at all. How? By lack of action. In prayer you’re seeking rest for your troubled heart, but your love so far has only been expressed in words and not action driven by faith. That is why a troubled feeling hovers over you making you wonder if you even belong to the truth. So what is a troubled heart to do? The voice of our Lord begins,

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (John 14:1)

Trust in God. These are not just words, they call us to the first necessary action. They call our own hearts to trust even when our feelings conflict with what it says. Our hearts are troubled. We hear the words that say “have faith” but dear children, let us not love with mere words but with action and in truth. The truth is, God loves and forgives you. The first action on your part is to trust this. No matter how low or inadequate you may feel, trust in faith that God is with you always. Trust that and begin your prayers establishing that confidence.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb 4:16)

When our hearts are troubled, that is the time to trust in God. We begin by trusting that God is greater than our hearts. Therefore, do not let your heart be troubled, trust in God. Trust that your salvation and righteous standing before the throne is based on what Jesus already did for you at the cross so that you may enter confidently and receive mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need. As you are refreshed and built up in faith, trust his love and furthermore, trust his calling in your life. He has plans for you. When the nudge comes, do not put out the fire. Take it to action. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and set our hearts at rest in his presence. Otherwise, your relationship with God becomes stale, for faith without works is dead. Again, dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Keep yourself in God’s love,

Julie

 

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December 31, 2009 - Posted by | According to Scripture, Expressions | ,

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