When We Love

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"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." - 1 John 4:7-12

Love is a funny thing. We love ice cream, cars, football teams, and music. All of us love using the word love. But what does it really mean to love? Does saying you love someone truly mean that you do?

A number of years ago, a young man was in grave need of a kidney. His kidneys had been destroyed by a sickness, and he was on dialysis, awaiting a transplant. Things were not looking good and time was running out.

A benefit was held for the family by the church, and during this event, a number of people inquired about helping by giving a kidney. A few friends were checked for compatibility, and lo and behold, one was a perfect match.

A couple of days later both the man and his friend were prepped for surgery and the gift of life was given.

I learned something important that day. It doesn’t matter how often we tell others we love them; what matters is how often we show them our love. Words are important, but actions are the proof of our words.

This is what God did for us. He did not just say, "I love you." He showed us His love by sending His Son so we might live through Him.

God has already shown you His love by sending Jesus. Now it is your turn. When we love one another, all people will be able to see God through us. Who do you need to show the love of God to today?

Prayer: 
God of Love, thank you for coming to me to show me Your love. Help me to show my love, through my actions, to others today. Amen.
Date: 
Nov 15 2017