Something beautiful happens when people love one another.
Things begin to change.
People begin to change.
It’s a lot easier said than done. It’s a lot easier to say to love people than when it actually comes down to it.
It’s easier to say that we are to love the least of these yet ignore them when they walk past us.
Or roll our eyes when others are bothering us.
What does love look like?
Love looks like how Jesus lived His life.
He stopped for those who others tried to shut up.
He sat with those who others despised.
He laid His hands on those deemed untouchable.
He laid His life down for people who were so willing to put Him on the cross.
He loved us even when we did not choose Him.
He stops, He waits, He reminds us of who we are when we are lost. He doesn’t condemn but gives grace.
He loves even when others choose to insult, He is faithful even when we are not.
For He said that “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What would happen if we begun to love others?
The world would see Him who loves them.
For a book I recently read “The furious longing of God” by Brennan Manning talks about how love can change people.
Above all else, people need to know they are loved.
I needed to know I was loved and I still do.
Because when we know that we are loved, even when we mess up, even when others walk past us – we can be healed, we can be made new.
When I take my eyes off myself and begin to see all those around me, I am humbled that I’ve lost sight of what the King has called us to do – to love.
May others know us by our love.
Because words are empty if we aren’t showing what we speak about or claim to be.
How do you think others see you?
Do you listen to others when they are with you? Are you slow to anger? Do you stop to ask that person if they are okay?
We will be known for something, I want us to be known for the love we shared, the love we showed and the love we gave away.
I want others to leave us better than when they came.
I want them to have a glimpse of Him who loves regardless of what we look like, of what we wear, of what we’ve done and of who we’ve become.
Because He see’s past the masks we wear, the brokenness of our hearts and see’s us as we are – people who need His love above all else and to know how deep that love goes.
This is my prayer for you;
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:16-19
May each day you take a minute to fix your eyes and heart on what truly matters.
I have to remind myself to stop, to love those around me, to go to those who others ignore and to give away what the Lord places on my heart. Because I’m selfish and get caught up in my own life and work far too often that I forget that our Father in heaven reminds me gently that I am to
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
May we be people who love greatly and let others see that His love is enough and can truly change our lives.
May we share the greatness that He has done in our lives.
May we ask Him to help us love as He has loved us.