The most commonly used, yet least commonly understood word is– LOVE.
This simple, yet strong 4 letter word is used so loosely these days - to express how we feel about almost anything and everything - that it has lost its true meaning.
I recently embarked on a journey to understand God's true Love. Not that I lacked showing affection to people close to me, but to fully understanding God's Love so I can display it to everyone around me.
I knew my struggle with loving people was directly related to my understanding [lack of] the depth of God's love for me and ultimately His creation. Jesus emphatically proclaimed love as the most important command to obey. In fact, the word LOVE occurs 686 times in the New International Version of the Bible, 425 in the Old Testament, and 261 in the New Testament.
So why did I struggle with showing love to people?
It is because I was so caught up with what made me happy and what I wanted, that it came at the expense of showing Love to others. It is very easy to say I love people or things, but as Dr. Charles Stanley eloquently puts its "Love is more than just words; it requires action. God’s unconditional love should characterize our lives. As people who have His love living within us, we need to represent Christ’s authentic kindness and forgiveness to others.” And this is exactly what I struggled with. I placed my feelings above others, and as the result it made it difficult to show love to others.
Loving others goes far beyond just being a good person because true love still operates when we don’t feel like it. The grace we’ve been given provides the strength we need to pass it on.
This has become my mission, to humble myself and show God's radiant Love to everyone around me. The more I practice selfless LOVE the more peace & joy I experience.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” - John 15:13