John 10:19-42, Romans 11:1-12
There is an old saying that suggests actions speak louder than words. When people say “I love you,” the evidence is not in their spoken words, but their acts of kindness. Absent of any display of affection or selfless deeds, the words “I love you” are simply an exchange of platitudes.
As Jesus lived among God’s people, he proclaimed the fullness and measure of God’s love. However, it is through his many signs and wonders that our Lord makes the Father’s love known in real and visible ways. Combined with prophecies of long ago, Jesus’ teaching and miraculous works point to him as God’s Messiah. Still, the Pharisees and scribes would have none of this.
“How long will you keep us in suspense?” “Why do you not tell us plainly?” Jesus had already given the answer, but they refused to believe even the evidence seen by their own eyes. Such hardened hearts are not capable of belief because they do not understand love.
Our works contribute nothing towards our salvation. They do, however, bear witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus. As we share the gospel with others, our actions provide bold witness to the power of God’s love.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, make our actions towards others match our words of love, that all may come to see your goodness and mercy. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.