16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 1John 3:16-19 (NKJV)
The Gift of Goods
Know the meaning of love is in the act of Jesus laying His life for us. This is the ultimate love. He gave all of Himself so that we may know God, know love, and perpetuate a loving prerogative. Give away that which sustains you and you give away a part of yourself. It is our personal sacrifice.
Our Deeds and Good Intention
The evidence of the abiding Spirit in us and our open hearts, is in our deeds to others. It is the delivering of what sustains us to someone who needs help. Our good intention without the act fulfilled is our disobedience to God’s leading. Good intention will not sustain another without the following of an action. If we give with good intention, out of love, and to someone in need we indeed assure our hearts before Him. We have spiritual discernment so listen to the abiding Spirit to marry our good intention with God’s will. However know that simply acting with good faith rather than talking with good intention is the actual testimony of the abiding love of God in our heart.
Good intention without any action is hollow.