Now back to this love thing. I have been studying the book of John and a seemingly simple verse hold such immeasurable meaning, "As I have loved you, so you must love one another." We say to ourselves, sure I got it...God wants us to love, check that off my list...I'm a lover not a hater. Are we really loving the way God wants us to? A principal in our study this week was that Christian's love for one another proves that they belong to Jesus. How do we show love for others? Is our love to the point of personal cost? Is it sacrificial, a choice and not an impulse of feelings? Is the love we show to others observable by others and seen by the actions it prompts? So many ways to show we love someone but we must check our motives. I often have to check mine in terms of service and of love. Am I really serving this person to get something out of it or am I doing it because I truly love them and want to help.
Showing the type of love to others that Christ showed us will not gain us favor in the world's eyes, in fact they will probably hate us but the love we show will be comfort. So in this week of mass produced love and fake sentiments I hope you can really show someone...anyone...the true love that Christ has shown us. Whether it be by a humble act of service or a kind word, let them see Christ through your love. Maybe it's to your children, your first born who is strong willed but needs your love more than anything. It could be the lady in the drive through who has had a rough day and just needs a smile and a kind word or the mom down the street who is overwhelmed with life. Showing that kind of love may seem daunting at first but think of the outcome and your heart may just smile.