Think about what the following words have in common with “love”: address, report, dream, risk, force, joke, license, tour, plan, whisper, stand, peel, hammer, fly, delay, comb, loan, permit, yawn, shape, and judge. All those words are both nouns and verbs, things and actions. And the digital revolution has given us even more: tweet, google, e-mail, text, and others.
“Love” as a verb is nothing new. Jesus Himself commanded His disciples to “love one another.” And John said that God “so loved the world” that He sent Christ to save it (John 3:16). The apostle Paul wrote his famous treatise on love in 1 Corinthians 13 where he primarily talked about “love” as a noun. And even though he didn’t use the verb “to love” in 1 Corinthians 13, he described love in action terms: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up,” and so on. In other words, true love is best identified by what it does.
The next time you tell someone “I love you,” make sure that person can reply “I know,” because they’ve seen your love in action.
Love talked about can be easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.
W. Stanley Mooneyham