Without love, what’s left?

As I look around the coffee shop I’m sitting in right now, I can’t help but wonder about the stories that fill up this room. Where there are people, there are stories. There are dreams, hurts, challenges, hopes, fears, and needs.

I’m also thinking about the fact that there are 7 billion people in the world, and I will never get the chance to know all of them. It’s hard to comprehend that there are 7 billion completely different people, unique in personality, appearance, and interests. God’s creativity astounds me.

So, maybe I won’t meet all 7 billion people, but what about the ones I come in contact with today?

     

Will I get to hear their stories? Will I get to tell them about the God who can heal their hurts, bring them hope, deliver them from their fears, and meet their every every need?

I guess that part is all up to me.

God is love. He commands us to “love one another” eleven times in the New Testament. Love is powerful. 1 John says that perfect love casts out fear. 1 Peter 4:8 states that love covers over a multitude of sins. In John 13:35 it says that the way we love one another distinguishes us as Christians and sets us apart from the rest of world.

“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those “we’ll go there next time” deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no “next time” because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision.” ~ Bob Goff (Love Does)

I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to become a more loving person. Love requires action. Love requires being present. It’s noticing a struggling classmate, engaging in real conversation with a waiter, listening to friends and family but noticing what is really going on beneath the surface. Love is intentional and requires energy, but the joy it brings is an amazing fuel to love even more.

Loving people, showing them Jesus, and bringing glory to Christ are the reasons we live.

Are we taking that seriously?

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

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