The year was 1967 when the Beatles debuted their song “All You Need is Love” for the first time. The song was a number one hit and the Beatles went on to be one of the greatest Rock Bands of all time. Those five words penetrated the hearts and souls to everyone to this day because everyone has a need to be loved. But do we really show each other unconditional love?
As my husband and I were eating dinner with our GRANDS a few years ago, we were watching an elderly couple share a meal together. He was caring for her. While she ate, he rubbed her back, stroked her hair and yes, he would sometimes need to feed her. Throughout the meal he told her over and over again how much he loved her, and then at the end of the meal he got up with her in the middle of the restaurant and danced with her. I knew nothing about this couple’s life, but I knew so much about who they were as people. Their love in action toward one another was such a beautiful thing to share in with our GRANDS.
As I looked at that elderly man demonstrating love in action, I am reminded of Christ’s love for us.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12.
What a beautiful command that God is expressing in this verse. First, God loves us, not because we are lovable, but because it is His nature to do so, and then He commands us to show the same love to others. To love people at their best is easy, but when things get messy, challenging or when life gets hard can be more difficult. Because God has loved me at my best and yes, even at my worst, He has called me to love others in the same way.
I want to challenge you today to look over this little list I have put together about showing love to others and follow through with a couple before the month is over, or even create your own:
- Visit kids who are in the hospital.
- Help teachers get the supplies needed for their classroom.
- Put a surprise note/sketch in your spouse or kids lunch.
- Bring a meal to the neighbors just because.
- Take flowers to the nursing home.
- Write a letter to a deployed or wounded military through Operation Gratitude.
- Ask your check out person at the market how their day is going and give them a smile.
- Pay for the persons drive thru in back of you and tell the cashier you don’t want them to know it was you.
These are just a few to get started … enjoy the journey as you show love in action!
Lisa Spivey has a passion to help free women from past fears, hurts, and insecurities by encouraging them to let God heal their brokenness with new beginnings (Psalm 30:11). Lisa is a wife, mom to five adult children and “Nona” to seven grandchildren. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Steven. An experienced Bible teacher and event speaker, connect with Lisa at her website: realfaithforrealife.com to find out about scheduling speaking engagements for your group or Church.
We thank you, Lisa, for contributing to this month’s publication of Titus-two.com, talking about “The Love of Christ.”
You are loved to Heaven and Back ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary