I know what you are thinking; has she gone bonkers?
No, I have not. We read in 1 John 3:17: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” What does this verse say to you?
For me, it is a call to action; it tells me that my love of & for others should have legs on it.
Suppose you come across someone who desperately needs food; you look this person square in the eye and say to them, I love you and walk away; what was the impact of your words; did they mean anything to this starving person & did they fill their stomach?
The verse above is an example of how we are to; ‘lay down our lives for another.’ Are your actions conveying “I love you?” Love is both an action and sacrificial. Love usually costs something; our time, our talent, our money, etc. Rarely, is it an easy thing, where nothing is required of us?
Luke 10:30-35 “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.
Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. Look after him, he said, and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”
This Good Samaritan did not just say to the man, I hope you feel better soon, know that I love you! The Samaritan’s love and compassion had legs. He saw the need and was moved in his heart to help this stranger. He did not count the cost, did not wonder if the man was worthy, and did not worry about his class or race; he loved the man in the action needed for this man’s circumstance. The priest avoided the problem he saw, the Levite saw something of a curiosity, and neither saw a man in need. Only the Samaritan saw a man in need of love and help.
It is easy in our turbulent crazy world to look at someone with judgment, to decide that they do not merit our help. Our world does not operate on biblical love. The world has twisted loves meaning to meet depraved minds and hearts. Innocent people are being killed by evil people all the time. People are getting targeted and beaten up, and sometimes even killed simply because of their race or beliefs. We who are “the called” who have been born from above should look and act differently than the world. Our hearts should operate from a place of love and compassion for our fellow man. God knows our hearts and our motives, and He gives us all opportunities to be his heart, hands, and feet in this world. God gives us the opportunity for us to put legs on our love. To step out of the comfortable, and just do. It usually costs us something we do not want to give; money, time, emotions & so on, and sometimes all of those things.
Don’t let this world and all the lies, evil, and craziness rob you of your love and compassion. Don’t let it harden your heart and ears to the cries of those in need. Don’t count the cost, simply reach out with a heart of love doing those things that are needed, knowing that your heavenly Father will supply all you need of. Nothing ever done for Him or in His name falls to the ground and is wasted.
So, my prayer for you is this: Don’t be the priest, don’t be the Levite, be the Good Samaritan. Let love be your motive. Put legs on your love, and do what you can. God sees your actions, knows what motivates you, and will help you to be a help and bless you for being the blessings. As Christians, we cannot live selfish lives. We need to remember that Jesus gave the ultimate gift, His life, for ours. He did not count the cost, His love had legs. Think about it!
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