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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)
TITLE: The Love of Two Men
By Mike Mattice
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She is thirty, a divorced mother of two. Let’s call her Lucille. The young Bible College student, who was going to take the gospel overseas, seemed like a naïve child to her now. Had that really been her?
Her children’s father had captured her heart and lured Lucille away from college, and from her commitment to God. Life with him had been exciting, but unstable. He led Lucille into some bad choices. When the natural consequences of his bad choices visited him, he went to prison.
Lucille was intelligent and resourceful. She made her way from Florida, back to her family in Ohio. She met and married another man. He provided financial security, but neglected his wife’s emotional needs. The marriage was brief.
Now, enter two men into Lucille’s life. One, Paul, and the other is Jason. Paul had been a friend for about four years before he pressed Lucille to go beyond friendship. She felt wanted, and so she consented. She quickly became attached, for Lucille didn’t take lightly the kind of bond they had created.
However, Paul lived with another woman, his girlfriend. He would visit Lucille at his leisure. He had begun to tell Lucille that he “loved” her. Because she wanted to believe it, Lucille accepted the conditions. He refused to ask his girlfriend to leave his home.
Jason is Lucille’s friend. With the initial understanding that it would be nothing more than friendship, he comes when she needs him, and helps her as much as he can. Jason knows Lucille’s story, and prays the Lord will help him to be a good friend who gives, expecting nothing in return. Lucille has never had a male friend like that, and needs to feel she can trust again. Jason wants to be that for her.
Jason resists, but finds himself falling in love with Lucille. Yet, he knows her feelings about Paul, and the agreement between Jason and her. So, he determines that he will not say anything about his feelings. Jason is careful not to show his hand. It’s not deception. It’s sensitivity. Even if they are never more than just friends, Jason will continue to try to be a good friend to Lucille.
When Paul hurts Lucille, Jason will be there to comfort her. And he hopes that someday she will see that all of Paul’s “I love you” declarations don’t mean he loves her. Love is not just words. It’s not a feeling. It is action, selfless, believing the best, keeping no account of wrongs, and cannot be quenched by circumstances. Our Lord defined it as laying down one’s life for friends.
This is a true story. Names have been changed.
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