“My children, let us not love merely in theory or in words—let us love in sincerity and in practice!” (I John 3: 18, JB Phillips New Testament)
We can talk of love and of goodness. We can discuss the benefits of being compassionate and kind. We can contribute to various causes and sign petitions. These do have value, but only in so much that we are truly sincere.
The most powerful and meaningful thing we can do is to love. It is not to merely speak of this quality or to despise those who do not feel or act in a loving way. If we are to be God’s ideas, express the intention of the Almighty, we must love from the heart. This is true might and it is also where we find healing, serenity, and happiness.
It may seem difficult at times to truly and honestly love. We feel hurt or angry. Or perhaps it feels easier to remain ignorant of the need for true loving-kindness in the world. It is just too big a burden.
But love is not a personal quality that is a weighty load to carry or difficult to find. Love is God, and God is expressing Himself at all times and in all ways. Our call is to unite with that Love, to agree with its presence and to yield to its all-encompassing embrace.
This divine Love is always coming to us and we can reflect it back out into our own lives and into the world. This will be healing as it is sincere and as we put it into practice, one opportunity at a time. There will always be a reason to love and there will always be a blessing in doing it!
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