“Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.” (I John 3: 18, the Living Bible)
The first words of this verse are our starting point. Seeing ourselves as little children, as innocent and cherished ideas of God, we get a glimpse of how to love others.
That openhearted love that a child has, full of devotion and readiness to be loved in return, is powerful. We have that sweet love within us. It is more than human affection. It is that Truth of God’s own divine affection that abides in our hearts, at the ready to feel and to express.
We can let go of the adult’s need to judge, to fear, to love with conditions or without sincerity. We can immerse ourselves in the Love of God for us and His tenderness for all of His creation. We can use the depth and breadth of that infinite affection toward one another.
And we can really love doing this. Loving others is a healing thing. It makes us feel like ourselves. And we certainly can’t express genuine love for another without experiencing the peace and gratitude and joy that it brings to our own spirits.
Let’s stop talking about love, unity, compassion, and let’s be little children—eager to love fully, openly, honestly, and generously.
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