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1097th -- What Is Love?


When our time on earth comes to an end, what will we be remembered for? 
What will others say about us after we are gone? Will we be remembered 
for our unending love and concern for those closest to us? Will we be 
thought upon with fondness? Will others mourn for us and wish they still 
had more time with us? These are simple questions that we should ask 
ourselves so that we may reevaluate how we are spending our time. Are we 
being selfish with our time and only doing things for ourselves and for 
our own betterment? Are we doing all that we can to show those who mean 
the most to us how much we love and care for them? Are we giving our all 
for our fellow man and showing them by our words, acts and deeds that 
goodness still exists within this world and that all of us are able to be 
examples of love, mercy, forgiveness and a new beginning? Being 
introspective in this way helps us to see if we are doing all that we need 
to do to show our love, care and concern for those that we love the most.

One thing we must always remember is that life is short no matter how long 
it may seem at times. Days disappear into months and months disappear 
into years and before we realize it our time will come to an end. That is 
why we should always be conscious of time and use it to our benefit. We 
should always do all that we can to show our love and our care. We should 
invest wisely in the lives of those closest to us and never leave any 
doubt of how we feel about them and how much they mean to us. We may 
assume that our love is known, but assumptions do not bring certainty. So 
why not make our love known? We should do something special for those 
closest to us for no particular reason to show our love, we should speak 
words of love, write words of love, give more hugs, more smiles, more 
affirmation and simply be that beacon of light and love. When we do these 
simple things, we will leave no doubt about how great our love is for our 
family and our friends.

Be encouraged to take the initiative to show how much your loved ones mean 
to you. Don't wait for them to act first, but rather you take the lead 
and be that example of love, hope and grace. Enjoy one another and 
appreciate the time that you have together. Don't take for granted each 
new day that you are lucky enough to see, but rather cherish it, relish in 
it and use all of it to the best of your ability. Never allow petty 
arguments or disagreements to keep you from those who mean so much to 
you. Forgive quickly, love wholeheartedly and allow each day that you 
have together to bring you closer in love and in oneness. Always remember 
that our relationships with our family and friends are our greatest 
blessings so let us do all that we can to become as close as we can. When 
we do, we will see how truly rich we are in life.

I hope this message encourages and inspires you to do all that you can to 
show how much your loved ones mean to you.


Diane Ackerman said, “Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary,
yet no one agrees on just what it is.” Over the years, I have been learning
what it is.

When I first got married, I wanted to show my love to my new wife. I was 
drawn to romantic stories like one from the time of Oliver Cromwell in 
England where a young soldier had been tried in military court and 
sentenced to death. He was to be shot at the “ringing of the curfew bell.” 
His fiancée climbed up into the bell tower. Several hours before curfew 
time and tied herself to bell's huge clapper. At curfew time, when only 
muted sounds came out of the bell tower, Cromwell demanded to know why the 
bell was not ringing. His soldiers went to investigate and found the young 
woman cut and bleeding from being knocked back and forth against the great 
bell. They brought her down, and, the story goes, Cromwell was so 
impressed with her willingness to suffer in this way on behalf of someone 
she loved that he dismissed the soldier saying, “Curfew shall not ring tonight.”

That must be love, I thought! That was the kind of commitment I needed to 
make! I wanted to give my all. To tie myself to the bell for her. To die, 
if necessary, for her. To sacrifice myself on the altar of true love! I 
wanted her to know that I'd give it all up for her.

But she never wanted me to die for her. Never! Clean the toilets, maybe, 
but never die. My commitment was to be shown in household chores! (I read 
that an exhaustive study showed that no woman ever shot her husband while 
he was doing dishes. What a relief. Washing dishes may lack inspiration, 
but it says “I love you” better than roses...)

I was never called upon to tie myself to the bell. But I was still called 
upon to show my love - in little ways, mostly.

I was needed to comfort her before we were married when the doctor told 
her she could never have children; to hold her hand and tell her I wanted 
her more than I wanted a family.

I was called upon to sit by her hospital bed after surgery and encourage her.

I was called upon to hold her after her father died and let her cry.

I was also called upon to carve out alone time with her as often as 
possible and to make sure my plans included her as well as me.

I was never needed to prove my undying love through a glorious act of 
self-sacrifice. It was something I was required to do in little ways, 
through one small act of kindness at a time.

And that, I've learned, is love.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a 
liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he 
love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, 
That he who loveth God love his brother also.” 

James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is 
like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth 
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man 
he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth 
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man 
shall be blessed in his deed.” 

Galatians 6:7-10 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of 
the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the 
Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for 
in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore 
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of 
the household of faith.” 

Philippians 2:2-3 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the 
same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through 
strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better 
than themselves.”

Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, 
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of 
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong 
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of 

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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