June 27, 2007

Love Stretched Out - Part 2

It's one thing to say you love deeply. But how do we do it? What are some ways we can show God's love to those who are most difficult to love?

There are countless ways we can show God's unconditional love to those who need it. But it isn't easy. It doesn't happen naturally. In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable.

Here are a few ideas:
The Unlovable Neighbor - You may have one of those people living next door to you that are just plain weird. They seem to hate you and everything you do. Your grass is too long one week, too short the next. You're kids leave too many toys laying around. You dog leaves...(well, you know) in their yard. The only interaction you want to have with this person is...none!
How do you love someone like this? Offer to cut their grass or wash their car. Invite them over for dinner. Ask them how you can pray for them. You will most likely have to make these offers more than once. And they may never accept. The point is you reached out.

The Unlovable Boss - Is your boss one of those people that seems to enjoy making your life miserable? If so, why not offer to do something nice for them? Offer to pick up their lunch. Offer to go the extra mile by doing some menial task around the office that everyone hates. It doesn't matter so much what you do as how you do it. If you offer to help out in a way you normally wouldn't, with a bad attitude, their will be no love shown. Offer with the best of intentions, expecting nothing in return. You may never know how you impact someone by your kind, unselfish actions.

The Bible doesn't give us a checklist of things to do - it simply tells us to love one another. How are you doing? You probably have shown Christ's love in your own way. I'd love to hear about it. We all need to learn to make loving others a regular part of our daily lives.

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