Love is a service we give to others.
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:15
Just as faith is dead without actions, so is love without actions. In a world where “walking the talk” doesn’t seem to be common and the focus is on oneself, it can be easy to forget what Jesus had in mind when he washed his disciples feet (John 13:1-17) We show love by serving. Nothing complicated or magical about it; all it requires is action on our part and being aware of others around us. FYI “liking” and “loving” social media posts don’t count ;).
February is a wonderful month to focus on loving through serving. This month I have made it “kindness” month in my Sunday school class. Each Sunday morning my little students come to class excited to share the kind act they performed that week. We have had everything from sharing a special treat with a mom or dad to making cards and handing them out to their classmates to sharing with siblings when they hadn’t wanted to at first. It has been contagious! Some of you reading this may be in a demanding and busy season of your lives, and that’s okay! You don’t have to leave the house to serve in love, in fact that is the best place to start. Never let your circumstances or the season you are in stop you from acting in love.
Do your children see the love you pour out to them?
Is your spouse a recipient of your servant touch?
Do your friends know you deeply care?
One of the most valuable ways of showing love is through fellowship and sharing with others. Sharing our time, talents, resources and energies. Jesus was the greatest teacher, he always had time for everyone who sought him out. He was always the first to notice “the invisible.”
Are you up for a challenge?
This week as you go about your day-to-day responsibilities be aware of the needs of those around you, including those who may fade into the background. Is there anyone that comes to mind that could use some joy this Valentines day? Perhaps those who are lonely or the elderly. Those who are hurting or don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. Or perhaps one of your own children who have been struggling lately. The possibilities are endless, and I promise you… acts of kindness are contagious!
Service = finding practical ways to show other people they matter. It’s like saying, “Hey! You’re important, and I want to prove it to you.” -Erin Davis
Services of love no matter how small, make a difference.
In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
May God bless you richly,
P.S. Feel free to click on the picture below to a 4 week free online bible study with a free printable workbook that my small group and I are starting by timewarpwife.com, it covers the 4 types of love:
- Storge – natural affection, most often between family members such as the affection between parents and children
- Philia – brotherly love, friendship
- Eros – a romantic, passionate love
- Agape – God’s love toward man and our reflection of this love