Oftentimes I believe most of us wonder if we are following God’s commands ………..or are we too busy to notice. Of course we haven’t committed murder, we love our God, we honor our father and mother — but do we “…live in love” as our Lord commands us in Ephesians 5:1-2?
Several places in the New Testament reiterate this command of loving.
“And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14
In our day to day activities I believe it is the little things done in love that is what the Lord is talking about when he says “Love one another”.
What ways do you show love—-a thank you note for a kindness, a friendly hug for no reason, a kind word, a sincere compliment. Perhaps you go further by volunteering to help in a soup kitchen, a prison ministry, cooking meals for a sick friend. All show great love to our neighbors.
Our volunteers have a great desire to help ‘the least of these’ in Guatemala. Neighbors might indeed be next door but our sense of compassion for the vulnerable in Guatemala leads all our volunteers to love and help even more. The little things done in love to our neighbors around the world and in our communities like donating school supplies or a new pair of shoes might be of little notice but when done out of love it is magnified.
How do you live in love? I imagine you do more than you realize.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us…”