Communicating Love: Speaking the truth in love
In the Word
So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other, because we are all members of the same body (Ephesians 4:25 God's Word).
Of the Word
A wife complained to the marriage counselor that her husband never said "I love you" to her. The husband replied, "I said it on our wedding day and if that situation changes, you will be the first to know." We can laugh at this humorous story, but unfortunately it does reflect reality for those who do not regularly verbalize affection.
Love is certainly communicated through actions (which often do speak louder than words), but when words are absent it is easy to question the sincerity of the actions. Only when words and actions are in sync is the message reliable.
No matter how meaningful they are, actions aren't always understood. Clarify what you do with words that also express how you feel. Healthy marriages need both the words and the actions to communicate love. Be intentional in sharing your love with your spouse.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Lover of the world, teach us to communicate love to one another in words and in actions and in so doing be Christ-like in our living. In Jesus' name. Amen.