I firmly believe that a well lived life is a life spent with love. A life that is spent with love means that a person uses every opportunity that comes their way to spread joy and happiness, to lift up and encourage, to welcome in and affirm. When we follow the command of the Lord Jesus and we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, we are making a greater impact than we often realize. I know in my own life I can remember being the recipient of love on numerous occasions and even though it might have been a simple gesture, it was still heartfelt and I appreciate it the same today as I did in the beginning. That is how I know that our acts of love are never in vain. Even if we don't hear about it again, the recipient will remember it in their hearts longer than you may think or imagine. (Mark 12:30-31) (Luke 6:31)
I am sure you can remember when you were the recipient of a good deed. How special and blessed did it make you feel? How thankful were you for their time and effort to be a blessing to you? You see our kind deeds are remembered and that is why we should always take the initiative to be a blessing, to share a kind word, to make a kind gesture and simply lead our life with love. It doesn't take great effort to show love. We just have to be conscious to the opportunities that come our way and then take hold of that opportunity and do something kind that will last in the hearts of the recipients. (John 13:34-35) (Galatians 6:10)
I encourage you to always remember and keep in mind that your life can be the catalyst in which many lives will rise higher and become better because of your positive interaction with them. Never discount your life and think that you can't make a significant impact because you can. You simply must be open to be a blessing when you have the chance to do so. Let us remember the words of the Lord Jesus who declares in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Galatians 6:2)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to let your light shine whenever the opportunity comes your way.
MOMENTS FOR LOVE
I had a three dog couch waiting on me when I got home this morning. As I came through the front door I saw that each cushion on my couch had a little, furry ball curled up on it, sleeping peacefully. I smiled when I saw this and petted each of them lovingly as I walked by. It only took a few seconds of my time, but it filled my heart with joy.
As we go through our often busy days it is funny how the best parts of them seem to be those little moments we make for sharing love. They take so little of our time and yet the rewards they bring us are beyond belief. They strengthen our hearts, uplift our souls, and energize our bodies. They make our lives a joy to live and a delight to share. They bring us peace, happiness, goodness, and most of all oneness with God. Three of the most important words in the Bible are: "God is love." Every moment we spend living in love then is a moment spent living in oneness with God.
Try to spend and share some moments for love in your own life today. Pet your dogs, cuddle your cats, and feed the birds. Hug your loved ones, look them in the eye, and say "I love you." Smile at the cashier in the store, give a compliment to a friend, and share a good laugh at work. Open a door for a stranger, help an elderly person with their bags, and do a few random acts of kindness when no one is looking. They only take a few seconds each day, but they bring you joy for a lifetime.
It takes so little time to live in love. It takes so few moments to share that love with the world. It is these moments, however, that join your heart to God’s and fill your life with light. Don’t miss out on them. Make time for them and choose them every day of your life. Moments of love lead to a lifetime of love and a lifetime of love leads to an eternity of love.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:18-21 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us. 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.”
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Hebrews 13:1-3 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity as being yourselves also in the body.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: TRUE LOVE AND PEACE
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE DAY THE ANGELS REJOICED
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry