1 John 3:17-18 (AMP) 17 But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and [a]fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? 18 Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).
It is easy to forget the importance of love. Sometimes we see some pretty awful things in life and wonder why God allows these things to happen. The thing is God works through people to do something about those awful things. God is waiting on us to show love to others. Don’t just assume someone else will show the love to some of the people you see in the world. We can be that person to love and help someone who is hurting.
We don’t have to wait to help someone when they deserve it, we can love them when they don’t deserve it – that is mercy. There is nothing more powerful than helping others. We can have an attitude that realizes we are not better than anybody else but we are equal to everyone else.
We all have the desire to help people and do good things, but we also have a flesh that makes us selfish and self-centered. We are all responsible for meeting the needs of others – all of us. It is time we walk in love and not just talk about love. It’s easy to talk about loving others, but not so easy to actually do it. How do we treat others who are just a little different than us?
Love is seen and felt through our actions. Every time you are patient you are showing someone love, when you bite your tongue rather than saying what you feel like – that is love, when you forgive someone who hurt you- that is love. We can show love through simple everyday acts.
Matthew 25:31-40 (AMP) 31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory (His majesty and splendor), and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; 33 And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. 34 Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you [a]favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you [b]brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and [c]lodged Me, 36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me [d]with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.
37 Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink?
38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You?
39 And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?
40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [[e]in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.