"I’ve also found that the more I trust in Christ’s redemption to be sufficient, the less overtly religious I am. And, quite honestly, the more suspect overtly religious people become to me. When I’m with somebody who talks zealously about faith, about Jesus, about the Bible, after a while, I find myself wondering whether or not their faith is strong at all. For instance, if I were with somebody who kept talking about how much they loved their wife, going on loudly and profusely, intuitively I would wonder whether or not they were struggling in their marriage. I would wonder whether they were trying to convince me they loved their wife, or if they were trying to convince themselves."
I found myself thinking about the great shema. We are called to love the Lord with heart, mind, soul, and strength, and I wondered how talking about God is loving him. Which of those categories does it fall under? All? None? I wonder if this comes back to the fundamental truth that love is an action, a verb, something you prove by your actions. Is it that our words, to some extent, don't matter? Or is the problem that our actions and words don't match up?
How do we love God? How do we show others that we love God? Is the answer to both these questions the same?