I was thinking about Love today and thinking do most people really know what love is. I was walking through the store today and I was really tired, not really in the mood to smile, but I felt the Holy Spirit urge me to smile and begin speaking to people, strangers. The first smile and exchange was sort of rigid but went well, as I continued to pass people and kept going it became more fluid and some began initiating conversations with me. Mind you, I am not a morning person so this was quite difficult, when I go into the store in the morning I just want to be in and out and go about my day. While I was still walking through the store, God began to show me that you never know what people are going through and just a simple smile and hello can totally change their outlook. Going further with this thought-we need to be diligent and show the Love of God through our actions, even if it is as small as smile. A smile might be the key that opens the gate to a conversation that could save a life or give hope.
If we get a clear understanding of where love originates and what it REALLY looks like, our world would be better. We can start showing this true love in our homes and spread it throughout our communities, one outreach at a time. Love is action and there are so many scriptures about love, but here are a few.
“…This is how God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about-not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” (1 John 4:10 MSG)
God is LOVE and He loved us first. God sent (love in action) His only son for us because He loves us that much, He wanted us to be saved, whole lives on earth, and live with Him in eternity.
“I am crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who lives, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20). Since we have this example of the GREATEST LOVE we must love each other. If you give to the poor or share God’s Word with others, nothing is worth doing without love.
“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in flowering the truth, puts up with anything, TRUST GOD ALWAYS, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end.” (1 Corinthians 13:3-7 AMP)
In our walk with God let’s remember, especially this Good Friday, that Christ came to save us and God showed us the ultimate example of love by the sacrificing of His only son, Jesus Christ. Let’s make every effort to put a smile on our faces, be God’s hands and feet and in each of our relationships emulate the love that we are shown in the scriptures and spread God’s love throughout the world to draw people to Christ.
Remember: “Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39 AMP)
God’s Love Is True LOVE, The True Example, The Best Example, God’s Love is the only love that will complete you (no one else can do that).