“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well” James 2:8 (KJV)
Have you demonstrated your love for someone today? Hearing the words is heartwarming, but it is said that actions speak louder than words. Receiving demonstrations of love is far more believable than just the words, “I love you!” tossed into the air.
Love is best demonstrated with selfless acts. We can look to Jesus as our example because He laid down His life for us. He didn’t have to, but chose to offer Himself on a cross to satisfy God’s Law so that we might be saved from eternal separation from God. His life was given for ours.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” John 15:13-14
I have a dear friend known as “The Chicken Soup” lady. She is known for taking her healthful chicken soup to anyone who is sick. Her homemade soup is delicious, but more importantly, she makes each of her recipients feel so loved with her thoughtfulness and sacrifice of time and energy. Her demonstration of love is sincere and heartfelt.
Another friend is always ready to share from her garden. She wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy God’s bounty. You might think she just gives the overflow, but no, she gives from even her meager bounty. What she might have reserved for her family, she readily shares. That’s love!
Years ago after a move to another state, a dear friend called me long distance every day (that was before cell phones). She called because she knew I didn’t know anyone, and my support group was far away. All the new experiences of being in a strange place were daunting. She knew I needed to talk, and we did, for an hour at a time. Wow!
Let’s not forget to be thankful for the acts of love from our family. While we expect acts of love from them, they too oftentimes make a huge sacrifice on our behalf. How about late night phone calls just to say hello or to offer a bit of encouragement? I saved letters from long ago from my mother and my grandmother when I was newly married and living away from family for the first time. Priceless gifts!
Those who listen and listen and listen while we pour out our hearts of woe and grief are heroes. They offer a comforting shoulder to cry on and then help us pick up the pieces.
Selfless love isn’t something you hear about. People don’t talk about what they do for others. Those on the receiving end can tell the tale of those wonderful, selfless acts of love. Follow their example and pass it on to others. That’s the best way to thank them, for what they have given to us is a debt we cannot repay.
Maybe you know someone who has made a difference in your life. If you’re fortunate, you may have an opportunity to show your love for them in a very special way. Maybe you’d like to share what that person did for you…
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35