Demonstrating Christ’s Love

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“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Cor. 9:22–23).

Do you ever take time to reflect back on the moment that you knew you needed a Savior? Do you remember the moment that you committed your life to following Christ? What about the moment that you knew without a doubt what God was calling you to do in His service? It is always a joy to spend time contemplating these experiences and remembering with gratitude the people who took time to pour their lives into ours.

As I look back, I remember Melba Fancher and Ruby Matthews who gave up fellowship with their peer groups to sit in the floor with preschoolers and tell us that God loved us. I remember Shirley Bush and Brother Monroe Donaldson, a Sunday School teacher and pastor whose love of Jesus led them to go above and beyond to share His love with a little girl who was often hurt and afraid. I remember Emily Jones, the teacher of my Young Women’s Sunday School class, who taught us what it meant to abandon our lives to Jesus by leading us to minister together, even when that ministry carried us beyond our normal boundaries. Emily took us under her wing, mentored us, and then whooshed us out of her comfortable nest to begin serving. She was an expert multiplier of disciples who never stopped demonstrating Christ’s love.

John the Apostle told us that “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16 ESV). How are you demonstrating Christ’s love? How are you laying down your life for others in your community? Do you know someone who needs an extra touch? How can you be intentional in creating opportunities to demonstrate Christ’s love to those in your community?

Perhaps you have preschoolers or children in your church or neighborhood who need to know that just one person loves them. Could there be a teenager in your community who is desperate for wise counsel from a grace-filled adult? Maybe there are senior adults without nearby family who just need a visit. Or maybe it’s your postal worker, or sanitation workers, or restaurant servers, or grocery store stockers and cashiers. How can you create intentional opportunities to demonstrate God’s love for those who seek grace and compassion?

Demonstrating love is not simple. It requires a sacrifice of your time and your ego. It means that you must let go of your expectations. It necessitates taking risks. It demands that you exercise grace and mercy with the understanding that love is not always reciprocated. Sometimes it calls for being uncomfortable and stepping out in faith because you don’t have all the answers before you begin.

Sacrifice, risk, discomfort, mercy, grace, and faith will all go hand-in-glove as we step out to show Christ’s love in a world without hope. And, yet, isn’t this precisely what Christ demonstrated for us? Lean on His strength and seek His wisdom, and then step out.

Pray: Dear Father, thank You for demonstrating Your love for us by sending Your Son, Jesus. Please strengthen me to be conformed to Your will. Please let me see my community through Your eyes. Give me wisdom and vision so that I might know those who need to feel Your love. Soften my heart to love them like You love them and to demonstrate that love. Amen.

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