Let them have the best of us
Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 1 John 2:7
Love one another. Sounds simple right? Though walking in love can be one of the most difficult things about life. Since God is love, walking in His love is how we show God to the world and to other believers for that matter.
Today’s scripture says that loving one another is a command not a suggestion. Jesus gave the command to love one another in John chapter 15 when He was giving His final message to the disciples before He went to the cross. He told them to love each other the way He loved them. In this way they were different than the rest of the world. Because God is love, love is how the world sees God in us and sees that we are different from everyone else in the world.
Today’s world is so far from love. Everywhere you go you find attitude and stress. Everyone is so angry and determined to have things their own way. The world seems preoccupied with not letting anyone get the “best” of them, literally. People are so set on getting their own way, they don’t care who they have to step on to get it. Take a look around the next time you are in a public place, you can see and hear the hearts far from love.
Love is our calling. We are the example of love to the world. We are the ones who go out of our way to let someone know we care about them. In showing our love for them, we show God’s love for them. Love is our greatest witness with the best results. Simply a kind word or gesture can be all it takes for someone to turn their attention in the direction of God’s goodness. It can be as simple as that.
Today I want to encourage us all to put away our bent toward self and look for others to bless. Ask God to put someone on your heart that needs love and encouragement today and then reach out to them in some way. Ask the LORD to help you recognize when someone crosses your path that may need a word of kindness or even some help in a financial way. Determine to make your life count for others by setting a goal to touch at least one life a day in some way for the kingdom of Heaven. You will feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment in your life that you have never had before. Let’s let the world have the “best” of us in the love of God today.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 2:7-11