There are numerous exhortations and encouragements in Scripture for us to hear God’s word and that God hears our voice. Within this context of hearing its important to note that hearing is more then just making mental note that you have heard, instead hearing requires us to put what we hear into action.
Jesus tells the story about a person who was asked to do something to which they said yes they would and never followed through with it. While another person said, no, they were not going to do it, but later on, went and did it. Within this framework, its the second person who truly heard what was asked of them.
James tells us, while you might tell me about your faith, let me show you my faith by my works. We may say that we love God, but do we really show that we do love God in the way we love others? Do we merely say to those whom are in need of provision, visitation, shelter, food, help or more – God loves you!
Or do we engage in real love, display real love and show that God indeed does love by helping to provide clothing, to visit, provide housing, food and help for those in need and in doing so, can also speak of Gods love with them.