Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. The time when we focus on love. Usually it is about romantic love. Couples go out to dinner, give each other gifts and do other intimate things. It’s a great way to celebrate your love.

I’ve enjoyed many Valentine’s Days with my wife Michelle. We have celebrated in small and big ways. Sometimes with a special gift or trip. Other times with more simple festivities. Last year we had a delicious dinner by the ocean on a warm February night.

But love is not only reserved for romance. I John 3:17-18 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

I was recently in the Dominican Republic. It was not for a vacation in Punta Cana. I was there for ministry and had the opportunity to visit both in a village and the city of Santo Domingo. What I witnessed was extreme poverty. And it didn’t matter whether it was a rural village or the inner city. There was great material need.

I was also fortunate enough to meet a five-year old boy named Sael. I call him by his middle name Daniel. He is the child my wife and I sponsor through Compassion International. I was able to meet his mother and little sister as well.

And I was able to visit their very modest home. It was about the size of the living room in my house. Their home consisted of a tiny kitchen, a small bedroom and a little family room. This family needs all the help we can give them.

It is heartbreaking to see such a situation. It can certainly leave you with gratitude for how God has blessed you. But love requires more than just having your heart touched or being filled with gratitude. Love is not just about feelings or words, love requires action.

We must show God’s love in practical ways. For Daniel it is giving monthly so he can be taught and cared for by his church. For other children it might mean mentoring them or buying them school supplies. For veterans who are homeless it could be feeding them. And for others it is donating food or clothes to meet their basic needs.

God wants us to show his love by our actions not just our words. And when we do God is pleased and the world takes notice.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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