Candace Cameron Bure, who we all remember as DJ Tanner of Full House fame, wife and stay-at-home mother of 3, and a contributing columnist for Christian Women Online has a new line of t-shirts that are available on her website.
I particularly love this white shirt that simply says: “LOVE WITHOUT WORDS”. It really speaks to the nature of society today. When we have been hurt, we sometimes want others to show us love first before we reciprocate in some way. But this is not what God calls us to do. He asks us to forgive one another, accept one another, and above all else, to love one another as he has loved us.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” JOHN 13:34 -35
But LOVE IS AN ACTION. It is not a fleeting emotion, or a feeling. Unconditional love, or agape love as described in the bible is:
a·ga·pe 2 // (ä-gäp, äg-p)n.
Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other;
let us really show it by our actions. 1 John 3:18 (NLT)
I may speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if I am without love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy, and know every hidden truth; I may have faith strong enough to move mountains; but if I have no love, I am nothing.
I may dole out all I possess, or even give my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I am none the better.
Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense. Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over other men’s sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.
The Bible, 1st Book Of Corinthians