The greatest way that we can show we care for our friends and family is by
showing how much we love them. Love is shown in many ways, but mainly it
is made evident by our encouraging and reaffirming words and acts. Letting
them know that they can come to us at any time whether they have succeeded
or failed brings comfort to their hearts because they will know that our
love is unconditional. Loving others shouldn't be based upon what they do
for us or how successful they are in life, but rather our love for them
should be steady and unwavering. It will not change with the seasons and
it will never lessen. The Bible says let love be without dissimulation.
The word dissimulation refers to hypocrisy or insincerity. When we love
others, it has to be pure and without motive, not based upon how good they
are, but based upon how much they are worth to us. (Romans 12:9) (James 1:27)
Be encouraged to love with all your heart and go the extra mile to show
how much you care. There are times when those who mean the world to us
don't feel our love for them and it is for this reason that we should make
our love known. Do something nice for no reason at all, go out of your
way when they least expect it and simply tell those who mean so much to
you that you love them. They may already know that, but it's good to hear
again. (1 Peter 1:22-23) (1 John 3:16-18)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to do all that you
can to show your love for those closest to you.
LOVE WITHOUT MEASURE
Freda Bright says, “Only in opera do people die of love.” It's true. You
really can't love somebody to death. I've known people to die from no
love, but I've never known anyone to be loved to death. We just can't love
one another enough.
A heart-warming story tells of a woman who finally decided to ask her boss
for a raise in salary. All day she felt nervous and apprehensive. Late in
the afternoon she summoned the courage to approach her employer. To her
delight, the boss agreed to a raise.
The woman arrived home that evening to a beautiful table set with their
best dishes. Candles were softly glowing. Her husband had come home early
and prepared a festive meal. She wondered if someone from the office had
tipped him off. Or...did he just somehow know that she would not get
She found him in the kitchen and told him the good news. They embraced and
kissed, then sat down to the wonderful meal. Next to her plate the woman
found a beautifully lettered note. It read: “Congratulations, darling! I
knew you'd get the raise! These things will tell you how much I love you.”
Following the supper, her husband went into the kitchen to clean up. She
noticed that a second card had fallen from his pocket. Picking it off the
floor, she read: “Don't worry about not getting the raise! You deserve it
anyway! These things will tell you how much I love you.”
Someone has said that the measure of love is when you love without
measure. What this man feels for his spouse is total acceptance and love,
whether she succeeds or fails. His love celebrates her victories and
soothes her wounds.
He stands with her, no matter what life throws in their direction. He may
say that he loves her to death. But he doesn't. He loves her to Life. For
his love nourishes her life like nothing else can.
Upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa said: “What can you do
to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” And love your
friends. Love them without measure.
Love them to Life.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:9-10 “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.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify
one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know
them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish
you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be
at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are
unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
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.”
1 John 3:16-18 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WISDOM OF THE SOUL
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Today's Selected Testimony: SEEING THE LIGHT THROUGH DARKNESS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry