You Can Show Love to Those Around You
It’s been more than 35 years since the Beatles first sang their classic, “All You Need is Love.” Considering how fractured, divided and violent the world has grown since, it is easy to doubt those words. Yet this is exactly what Jesus told His close followers: You need to love.
Imagine what the world be like if more people followed this message. You would see less conflict, fewer wars, and fewer governments oppressing their people. Sexual trafficking wouldn’t exist. Neither would pornography or strip joints. No one would want to exploit other human beings just to make money. What other things would you like to see fade into history?
When it comes to showing love, too many people look to government to tell them what they can—or can’t—do. But there is no law preventing you from loving. No law says you can’t mow your neighbor’s yard. No one is preventing you from running an errand for that single mother stressed out by life’s demands and her lack of finances. No one will grumble if you offer to help them learn how to more effectively budget their time or resources.
The only problem with Jesus’ command is not enough people obey it. Which is where you can help reverse the trend. Think of ways you can show love. Maybe you have lost touch with an old friend. You could call that person and tell him or how much they meant to your life. Maybe you haven’t stopped by your parents’ home lately just to wish them well. There could be an elderly person down the block whose family lives in another state. A simple visit or greeting could make their day.
Another word for love is “thoughtfulness.” Let’s face it. When you were dating your spouse, this person was on your mind constantly. Take some of the time and energy you used to devote to that and share it with others (maybe even your spouse.) You won’t be sorry you did.
A Challenge For You…
Read John 13:35-36. Compare its message of walking in the light with Jesus’ command to love each other. What do you think of when you think of light? What about love? How can these two qualities play a greater role in your life? Write out a plan and share it with a friend.
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