for your loving-kindness and for your truth
for you have magnified your word above all your name.
In relationships I don't think the phrase, "actions speak louder than words" always applies. I completely understand what people are trying to say when they say this, because hey, God demonstrated His love by His actions. But only a percentage of Love is demonstrated by actions, because not all of the "Love Languages" are action based (Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Giving/Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Providing, Opportunity Enthusiasts). Likewise, God demonstrated, but He also, more frequently...often with no evidence attached...speaks of His Love for us, and expects...no...COMMANDS us to believe and trust His WORD that He does in fact Love us. Each person's "Love Language" reflects the expressions and behaviors that we place the most value on personally. What we value most is what will be reflected in pure and authentic Love. As the scripture says, God has magnified His WORD above all of His Name (i.e. His character traits). Here we see that God clearly places more value on His WORD than anything else we know about Him. It pleases Him more to know that we trust what He says without expecting evidence or support. And so it is with some expressions of human Love. No matter what Cher will tell you, the way you know whether someone truly loves you is not "in their kiss," but is founded in their values. If you don't know what a person values most, it will be impossible to know whether their expression of Love is cheap and fabricated, or pure and authentic. So in order to find out whether the love is real, spend more time uncovering a person's values and whats in their HEART, than examining their external accomplishments or, as my pastor calls it, their "press clippings" about themselves!
Love Purely and Authentically Friends! ~dlb