Thursday, March 10, 2016
Share the Love
What does it mean to love? Some Christians claim that they would be willing to die for others, but would you really? Being truthful, there are only two people in this world for whom I would die, and if you are reading this, you likely are not one of them. If a bus is about to hit you, rest assured, I will shout a word of warning, I will scream as you are hit, and will cry at your funeral, but that is the best I have to offer.
In I John 3:16, the apostle tells us that we ought to lay down our lives for each other. We interpret that to mean “die” since that is the length to which Jesus went for us. However, there is only one death, that of Jesus, that really means anything for the future of the world and its salvation. I don’t think the purpose of love is to die for each other. The purpose of love is to LIVE for each other.
A more accurate interpretation is that we are to invest ourselves and commit ourselves to the lives of others. Therefore, to really love each other means that we are to invest ourselves in each others’ lives. We can’t invest ourselves in each other if we are dead, disconnected from or dismissive of others. So… if you want to love others, LIVE. Stop dismissing others because they do not share your values. Don’t categorize people into groups of “them” and “us,” or limit who you will love based upon your evaluation of who is worthy. Invest yourself in the lives of those around you, live and love.
Love says, “I see you, I hear you, I know you are there, and I am here to help.”