Devotional 5/27

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1 John 3:18

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 Love is more than words! We have to learn how to show love to others!!

 

Since words are so cheap I decided to make a short list of how we can say “I love you” without words. Don’t we all desire to have successful, happy and fulfilled relationships? As do I. Be a doer! Some people that are like me, show others love by doing the laundry, cooking a favorite meal or by surprising them in paying a bill or two. These actions show your loved ones that you care about their lives, and you are aware of them.

It is more blessed to give than to receive. I love to give presents for no reason; it makes me feel so special to receive, therefore I like to give. I believe it gives your loved ones the affirmation in knowing you value them, and that you were thinking of them.
Spend time together! I personally think spending quality time is ESSENTIAL!

And I don’t mean spend time together, yet staring at the TV or at your phone. Or someone in one room and the other doing chores! I mean watching a movie together, cooking or cleaning together, going for a walk together in the city/town. I love spending time with people I love.
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Sometimes word cannot explain the feelings of the mind,
but still I find love in your eyes.

Make eye contact. Taking the time to look people you love in the eye, communicates understanding and comfort on your part, which signals to them that you actually care for them.
Show affection! Hugging, kissing, cuddling! I always think about children (and my needs as a pre-teen), I loved hugs! Kids usually calm down or get really happy when you play with their hair, playfully bump them, or carry them. Children are so innocent that to most types of physical touch gives them the satisfaction of being loved and acknowledged.
Take the time to really listen! And even recap what they say so that they can feel they have your attention. I have noticed about myself is that I am animated and passionate, some mistake this for temperamental, competitive or demanding even! So my best advice for this is to be funny and always be kind!! This leverages your enthusiasm or lack thereof. And keeps you from being aggressive, snotty or offensive to people who may not understand you.

Saying “I love you” is definitely important.
Although, I think that actions do speak louder than words.

Let’s pray:

Father God, may we see your love in ourselves. May we be doers of your word, and not be stuck in a routine of religion. May social media not paint pictures for us if what life for us is supposed to be, may we honor the people in our lives by giving them love as often as we can. In Jesus name, Amen. 

 

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