LOVE IS A VERB – A DOING WORD.
In a country cemetery in Wiltshire there is the grave stone of a young woman who came to the village with the circus. The circus had a tiger. I do not know if she was trying to train the tiger, as lion tamers used to do with their cats, or she just enjoyed tormenting the animal. Unfortunately the tiger did not appreciate this kind of unwanted attention and attacked and killed her. Some people do not understand that animals need to be treated with kindness and respect. They sense your attitude towards them and will, or will not, accept you.
Love is not just a noun, it is a verb, a doing work. It is not what you think or feel, it is what you do.
When Mother Teresa arrived in Calcutta in 1948, the first thing she did was collect up the abandoned children and take them to her school. Soon her work became known as “The Missionaries of Charity” and her attention was turned to the care of the dying. A beggar found dying on a rubbish heap was brought to her and as she washed him he asked, “ Why do you do this?” and her reply was, “For Love.” The same reason why Jesus went to the Cross.
The Bible says, “Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God … everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 7-8)