“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of
these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
It’s “Love” week! Now that being said, it’s not a huge deal at my house. My honey and I exchange cards and sometimes something more but real love really isn’t about a box of candy or flowers that will wither quickly. Real love is taking care each other when you are sick. It’s supporting each other through every trial that comes up, and we all know they will come up. Love is taking a deep breath and counting to 10 or 20 or 100 if necessary, even though you want to scream and yell at each other. It’s talking to, and not at someone.
It’s not just your spouse or significant other. What if we put more effort into loving your neighbor? Helping them if they are sick. Even something as simple as some hot soup or taking their trash out for them. Showing them that someone cares.
What about all of those people standing on the corner. They aren’t always particularly lovable. Sometimes, they aren’t real clean and maybe the last person you want to have any involvement with.
Let me just go back to a trend that was very popular years ago and should be something we all think about. “WWJD”: What would Jesus do?
Mark 12:30-31 NIV
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus helped the helpless, healed lepers and restored the lost. I am not always the best but I do try to do what I think Jesus would want me to do. If there is doubt, ask Him!
Todays’ world isn’t always a loving environment. Just think about what a difference it could make if we all made just a little bit more effort to show love to our neighbors and all of those less fortunate. Not only will it change someone else’s day but I believe it will change your day!
That is love. Caring for someone besides yourself. What if we made that a permanent practice? One step at a time, one change at a time and we could have a better world.