Have you ever wondered why Proverbs 27:5 would say, “Open rebuke is better than secret love”? When a person corrects you, at least there is open communication! With unexpressed love, you don’t know where you stand, and you might even think that a person doesn’t like you because there aren’t any expressions of love! Love is to be expressed through meaningful actions, and not to be kept as a secret. May you be blessed with these encouraging Scriptures about openly expressing sincere love and kindness towards yourself and others. Mark 12:31 states to love others as ourselves (note – it doesn’t say: instead of ourselves).
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” – John 15:22
“Encourage one another daily,” – Hebrews 3:13
Sharing with a person that you are praying for them in their time of need, or other circumstances, is very encouraging, when done in a gentle kind manner. When searching for appropriate words of encouragement to speak to someone, do it prayerfully asking for thoughtful words of affirmation, avoiding thoughtless or insulting language.
“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24
Along with verbally encouraging a person, spending special time together is a meaningful expression of love. Removing distractions (TV, phone calls, gaming devices, a noisy environment, etc.) and sharing quality time is a wonderful way to develop a loving bond with a person.
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Phillipians 2:4
We all know that sometimes actions speak louder than words. To continue developing a deep loving relationship with someone, help out with their chores. For example, when you are cleaning up your yard after a violent storm, think of another person and lend a helping hand with their needs. Our personal needs direct us in discovering what the needs of others might be.
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,” – Romans 12:10
It is inappropriate to be affectionate in certain relationships, but in a casual or business relationship, a handshake or a pat on the shoulder is a nice meaningful way of connection. In the family environment (physical or spiritual) affection is a natural form of bonding. Greeting someone with a gentle hug accompanied with a kind word and a smile may be what Paul is suggesting in this verse written to the brethren in Rome.
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
Giving to someone builds a strong foundation for a loving relationship. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Any time we give something special, it is an expression of love, just as our Heavenly Father gave His precious Son for us. To follow His example is the greatest expression of Godly love.
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