Moving with Love Actions
Are you living a life that is consistently moving to the heartbeat of love? It certainly seems that the world needs love more than ever before. And if we want to change the world, even our immediate world, then moving to the action of love is not a suggestion but a needed and necessary movement. It is only through love that we have the power to mend and build, whole and healthy communities. Christ teaches us that when loving people, all people, it takes a full-body experience using our eyes, ears, and hearts.
God is a God of love. He loves us all so dearly and wants us to know His full love. It is in this way that He desires us to return that love to others. As we love others, we can see and hear them, but it is the third step that gets the results, this is action. We can talk about it, ponder on it, listen to it, theorize about it, but until we take the step of moving into action it is fruitless. As Rick Warren said, “Love isn’t visible unless you are able to see it in action.”
Small Actions Make Big Differences
For several weeks. Mrs. Sherman’s class waited with anticipation for the field trip to the observatory. Letters and reminders with instructions about the bus, lunch, and times of the departure and return were almost a daily occurrence. To the students, it was like waiting for Christmas to arrive. The anticipation grew steadily and stronger as the date of departure came closer.
Finally, the great day arrived. The students grabbed their lunches, coats, and lined up for the bus. But, in the back of the room, one boy began to cry. He realized that he had forgotten his lunch. This meant he would have to stay behind with a teacher from another class missing this grand trip that had weeks of planning and learning instilled in it. When the other children realized what occurred it took only minutes before they went into action. They each quickly contributed extra sandwiches, fruit, desserts, and drinks until the boy had more than enough for a feast for himself. Now, with tears of gratitude, he grabbed his coat, lined up, and climbed on the bus with the other children.
This action of love came only from the children working together and moving as one to the heartbeat of love. There are many times that we, too, can live a life while moving into the action of love. This requires us to see, hear, and then take unselfish action just as the children did. Furthermore, this is the example that Christ gave us. Treating others with kindness, helpfulness, and unselfishness might sound basic and simple but how often do we truly place the needs of others, especially those not in our immediate family, before ourselves?
Avoid Being Just a Noisy Gong
As Christ sent His disciples into the world, He gave them clear instructions on how to share the Good News. How we welcome and treat others is an important part of the message itself. In addition, the message of Christ and the love of God declares as much of the way we live as it does through the way we speak. Our attitudes and the way we appear to others depicts the ways we move to the action of love.
This demonstration is much stronger than the words we may speak. As Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:1, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” (NLT)Love changes everything. Believers have a lot to say to the world, but it is only heard and receives a response when it is said by moving to the heartbeat of love.
And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.Matthew 10:42 (NLT)
Christ clearly shows us that welcoming others into Him is not a suggestion, tacked on instruction, or a benefit; instead, it is the core of the Good News. How much we love God is easily measured by how well we treat other people. But it is important to remember that when we treat people by moving to the action of the love, as God commanded, that it might not be noticed, reciprocated, or sometimes even appreciated. This should not, however, deter us from continuing to serve others with love. God notices every good deed we do or don’t do.
Moving to the Heartbeat of Love Spreads the Good News
The Great Commission tasks us with making disciples and disciple-making requires the action of love. It can’t be done through fear, scare tactics, or false promises. For these types of conversions are like shallow-rooted plants that wither and die in the heat. This is why disciple-making takes our full attention. It takes eyes to see, ears to listen, and hearts to move us to action. When we allow our hearts to move before opening our mouths there are often blessings received in the sharing.
Won’t you take the challenge to do something unselfish for someone else every day as Christ teaches us? Allow your deeply rooted convictions to show you ways to contact people in person or virtually showing them your true and caring heart. Find your motivation in knowing that God notices what good deed you do or don’t do. And lastly, find comfort in knowing that there are blessings found both here and eternity when you live a life that is consistently moving to the heartbeat of love.
Can you think of one thing that you can do today to show someone the love of Christ in you?
Love in Christ,
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.Maya Angelou
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you strive to serve Christ by moving to the heartbeat of love by serving others unselfishly? Have you experienced the blessings of serving others with the simple actions of everyday life? Share your thoughts and experiences of how you have seen people and communities change when moving with love and service is experienced.