“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” (1 John 3:16-20 KJV) In this passage we are told that love is seen in our actions rather than just saying we love someone. But remember, we need to take all of God’s Word to understand the complete truth. We can do all kinds of good things for others but if we do it without love the Bible says we are just making a lot of noise and it means nothing. The Bible says: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 KJV) Love should be the motivation for us to do good deeds. Without love, we are just like the Pharisees. The Bible says: “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.” (Matthew 23:1-7 KJV) So why do you do the things you do? Are you seeking the attention of men? If love is what motivates us to do good deeds, then we will do things that bring glory and honor to God, without any recognition for ourselves. We are quick to point out the wrongs that others do but how often do we examine our own lives? The Bible says: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV) We usually get a physical exam at least once a year but when was the last time you had a spiritual exam? Take time to examine your life and see whether your actions are motivated by the love of Christ or love of self? We don’t always see our faults but God does so may we ask God: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV) No matter how proud we are of ourselves, without love we are nothing.