Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4: 7

 

We have been told that “what the world needs is love” and “love is what makes the world go around”; we can whistle, hum, and sing these words all day long, but do we believe them? Actually believing that we are loved greatly; truly accepting the love that others have for us; giving it unconditionally to anyone else, living out lives of love this fully is where most of us fall short.

 

We spend too much time hiding out in the bushes in fear of what God may see when he comes upon our exposed nakedness; while, God has already seen everything, and He has already committed to love us totally. Then we see someone who is in pain, tears welling in the eyes, and we turn away as we pretend to hear our named being called from across the room. There is the co-worker whose life is falling apart, and we nod and give an empty reassurance that “it will all work out”; then, we try to be certain that we are not alone with that person again.

 

Yes, it is true that the world needs love; that has always been true; yet, it is a basic truth of nature that God has always met every real need that exists. We were created with loving care, and our Creator has loved us absolutely ever since. We need to accept that fact and to accept our responsibility to open our hearts to others. The willingness to care for those around us in this risky, very vulnerable manner is what distinguishes those who know Christ from others. Consider who you will seek out today to care about, to listen to, to get to know better. Pray for the courage to step into the pain that is in another’s heart. Live so that others can truly “know we are Christians because of our love”.