The holiday season is the giving season. It warms my heart
to see all of the love and compassion displayed for those who are in need. Many
organizations, churches, and individuals provide food, clothes, and toys to
those in need in communities all across the country. I believe that this love
and compassion should be shown all year long and not just during the
Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. I am reminded of a song that came out in
the mid 60’s – “What the World Needs Now.”
The chorus says – What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love, No not just for some but for everyone.
The world is in desperate need of love today. And, as the song says, “not just for some, but for everyone.” God’s very nature is love. God is love. All that God is, all that God does, all that God expects us to be and do, has to do with love. When asked what is the greatest commandment, 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:37-40) God created man in His own image. All men and women are created in the image of God. We know that God has called us to love everyone. If we claim to be Christians, children of the most high God, then love should be our nature as well. The trademark of being a Christian is love. We should demonstrate our love for others by our actions. Another song that was laid in my spirit as I was working on this blog was – “Jesus is the Answer.” This song is so appropriate for our country and this world right now. The repeated chorus says – Jesus is the answer for the world today Above Him there’s no other Jesus is the way
God is the answer because God is love. In this country, where there is over 240,000,000 Christians, if we loved God with our entire being and loved our neighbors like we love ourselves, there would be no racism, no domestic violence, no out-of-control capitalism fueled by greed, no inhumane treatment of immigrants, no … What is the answer to all the issues that plague this country and the world? Jesus is the answer; love is the answer. And not just love in words, but love in deeds/actions. As we head into the new year, 2020, I challenge every Christian to demonstrate an act of love each and every day. Just as a smile is contagious, acts of love and kindness are also contagious. We can change this country and this world with one act of love at a time. Just think of the synergy that will occur! I also challenge every pastor, whether they shepherd a small congregation or a mega church, to not only preach about God’s love and our love for others, but to demonstrate how this love is applied in our day-to-day lives.
I have learned
that, as Christians, our trademark is love. We are called to love everyone,
regardless of race, or any other differences. We must love with actions and not
just with words. I have also learned that while it is great to give to others
during the holiday season, it is more important to show our love for others every
day, all year long.
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