We need to continue to speak encouraging words over our brothers and sisters of Christ, and we need to keep sharing in each other’s lives with joyful attitudes toward each other. The words that we speak and the hugs that we give are excellent tools to keep the body of Christ functioning in perfect fellowship, but as we come together to build relationships with each other, we need to do more than just talk. We need to love each other.
When we speak to each other, we find things out about each other’s lives. Sometimes we find out things that we don’t like and, then again, sometimes we find out things that we do like. The whole idea of love is to identify the areas of a person’s life and then to love that person unconditionally no matter what your judgements are.
When we identify the areas of a person, we then understand what the person needs to get better. After we know what a person needs, it is not enough to just recognize those things. What we need to do to please God is do whatever we can to meet that person’s needs. Sometimes all we have is words to offer and sometimes words are all a person needs, but other times it might not be enough.
The Lord identified the problems of humans and he pinned it down to one major thing: sin! But the Lord didn’t just say to us “don’t sin anymore.” No, he took action.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18).