The Life of Love
If love comes from God, then love links us to God. Love shows we know God. Thus the pity we feel at the plight of another is God's pity. The helping hand we lend is God's hand. Traveling a distance, spending money, taking risks in the service of others — these are ways we practice the love of God.
My son rode 16 hours with a group of students to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. There they shoveled mud, tore out moldy drywall, and hung Sheetrock. The work was hard, but all agreed it was more than worth the trip.
Not everybody gets the opportunity to travel far to help the victims of a disaster. But every Christian gets the daily opportunity to "go the distance" in love. The trip will invariably take us farther than you thought! It will keep us longer and cost us more than we thought! For love is costly.
"In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:10).
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