Friday, August 30, 2013

Love is an Action

...not a feeling. 

How can we be sure that love isn't a feeling? 

It's Simple.

God commands you to love. 

1, John. 4:7
King James Version (KJV) - "Beloved, let us love one another: ..."

And because feelings can not be commanded, Love can not be a feeling. See, I can't order you to be giddy right now, it's not possible to force those kind of feelings. But actions can be commanded. I can command you to stand on one foot, and you could easily do it. At least I hope. 

So, if God is commanding us to love, He isn't talking about how you FEEL about someone but what you DO for them. Love is an action. not a feeling. 

Little things can be done to let someone know you care and love for someone. 

How to Show your Love for Someone

For family you can say I love you and show them by hugs or making a family member's bed for them. Something unexpected is a joyous surprise that proves your love instead of "Just saying It".

For friends you can say I love you, also, or when you see them, Say hello, offer a smile, Give 'em a hug, or a nod recognizing their presence.... Just something to show you're their friend and you care and love them. You could get them an unexpected gift, too.

Acts of kindness for a friend shows your love for  them.

For the Christian, Everything you do reflects God. You're a Bible the Lost are reading. For God's children, God shining through you is never more evident than when you are with Strangers especially, because it is in those moments when your kindness and concern for people who can do nothing for you can be seen based on what you do. 

It's easy to say that he is nice to his friends because his friends
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know him and he knows them or to his family because they're family... But when he is loving a stranger something magical happens. Those who are watching are intrigued and those whom he loves, become encouraged. Loving people we don't know reminds us that we are all part of the same human race. It gives hope to the lost and offers a small glimpse of the love of God. Remember that 
You're a Bible the Lost are reading. See not a stranger, but a Valuable Soul that's going somewhere. 

Don't ignore the people around you as if they're just "extras" in a Movie and You're the Star! I mean we don't like it when people aren't nice or kind or they ignore you...  So don't do it to others. 

Luke 6:31 
King James Version (KJV) - "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

Everyone has feelings and you only get one chance to make a First Impression. Connect with them somehow...

For strangers, with eye-contact and a friendly smile. You can show love and kindness. Because see not a stranger but a Valuable soul!

When you get onto an elevator, make small talk. When you sit down next to someone in a Waiting Room, say hello. When being waited on by a server, talk to them like a person, not like a servant. People remember kindness. Make genuine interest in the souls around you. Whether they are beautiful or not. And in doing that you can be the sweet aroma of God to the souls you encounter throughout your week.

If you don't care for your family, friends and the strangers around you like you should, you could miss out on the call of your life - God's call to love others as yourself!

Mark 12:31

King James Version (KJV)  - "...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

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