If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love only with words, but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3.17,18
‘Actions speak louder than words’, ‘Talk the talk ... Walk the walk’
Or as Eliza Doolittle retorts to the infatuated Freddy in My Fair Lady, ‘Don’t talk of love! - Show me!’
Love is at the very core of our faith. Jesus said that people would recognise his disciples through seeing God’s self-giving love reflected in their lives. Not only in their words, however well phrased, but in the witness of their actions.
Some of us can, and should, give financial and practical help where we are able to those whose need is known to us. Again and again we are shamed by the generosity of people who themselves have very little. But there are other ways of giving: giving of our time, our patient listening, our sincere concern; and our prayers.
‘Freely you have received’ says Jesus, ‘freely give’