“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”” John 13:34-35
When a sweet woman I have never met in person nor talked to by telephone who reads my Daily Inspiration devotionals noticed I had skipped writing one day, she reached out to me by email to express her concern. She wanted to know if I was alright. It turns out that though I was essentially okay, I in fact had been struggling – for some time actually.
What strikes me about the effort she made to reach out to me is this. She took the time, love, and care to show the sensitivity and compassion she obviously had. In a world in which people seem to be increasingly busy, she who is essentially a stranger to me wasn’t too busy to see a sister in Christ could potentially be in need of love and encouragement. It was a reminder to me, and I hope to you reading this, of three things.
- We live in a world in which people are in need of love, care, hope, encouragement, prayer, friendship, and, most importantly, to hear the Gospel message and to receive help and support in believing in and following Jesus day by day.
- Though the Lord created us to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves, much of this world right now has its back turned on the Lord, is failing to love the way we’re called to love, and, for those of us who are loving the Lord, many of us myself included need to do a better job of loving others the way we are called to.
- We should keep our spiritual hearts and eyes open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to those around us both near and far, whether close to us in heart or perfect strangers or anything in between, and when God so desires reach out with love, prayer, encouragement, help, support, and the Gospel message in our concern for others.