This week at The Loft our focus is on love. Since last week's topic, "family" is very much on my mind, I thought about what love looks like in our family situations, more specifically in our church family situations.
Whether you like it or not, people watch your example. If you are showing love to the people in your church home, you are a positive example for Christ.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
First and foremost, God wants us to be known as a people who love. The love we have for one another should be an ever-increasing, burden-bearing and serving kind of love.
And yet, the bible says the whole law is fulfilled if I love my neighbor as myself.
When thinking of how to put that into practice - because I've been falling far short of the ideal - it occurs to me that I've got half the battle won if I just think about others as much as I think about myself and my desires and plans and schedule. Just bein' real, but I do spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to accomplish.
I've often thought that it would be great if we were taken straight to heaven once we got saved, but God keeps us here to perfect us and make us more like Jesus so that others will want to go, too. One way to do that is to train us to think of others more than we think of ourselves.
I've got a long way to go, which I guess is why I'm still here.
Since February is the month to think about love, I'm going to make a real effort everyday to think about how I can show love to those around me. For my family, that's pretty easy. Love to them is warm cooked food every night!
For my church family, I'm focusing this month on praying for them. Every. Day. I have a church attendance list that I'm using during prayer time so that I don't forget anyone. And then, if prompted by the Holy Spirit to do something encouraging for them, let me be willing and obedient to follow through.
Do you have special ways you show love to those around you? I'd love to hear all about it! Leave a comment, or consider linking up your own post about love at The Loft. You can link up here.
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