My family came to visit not long ago and it was a real joy to have my two granddaughters running around the house at 5.30 am!
One morning, as I left for work, I kissed them both and told them I loved them. The youngest one replied, ‘Wuv you Pa’. Of course, my heart melted.
Everyone needs to be loved. It’s what keeps us going—even when nothing else around us seems to fill the void, love does it every time.
I often walk past people on the street and wonder to myself, ‘Do they feel loved?’
Then I think of the people in my life—are there people I know who need love? Are there people you know who need love?
Maybe they’re not the people we pass on the streets; people we don’t actually know. Perhaps they’re working in the office, living next door, or running on the treadmill next to you at the gym.
We can’t tell just by looking at them, but there are many people in the world who lead loveless lives. But love can change what seems unchangeable.
Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love invigorates. Love revitalises. Love renews. Love refreshes.
The Bible tells us that God is love (1 John chapter 4, verse 16). It doesn’t say that God has love; it says that God is love. If there’s one thing which characterises God, it’s love.
Love heals what cannot otherwise be healed. Love uplifts. Love strengthens. Love energises. Love empowers.
God asks us to make a difference, because love does not exist in a vacuum. People don’t know that they’re loved unless they’re told or unless they’re shown—by other people.
One writer in the Bible reminds us, ‘Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other’ (Romans chapter 12, verses 9, 10).
God asks us to share his love with others in simple ways that can transform their day. And it’s the people we know, the ones in our family, in our circle of friends, in our workplace, to whom we can most easily show love.
But we can also show love to those we don’t really know, who we meet quite randomly. We can show love by how we treat the people who serve us in shops, who stand with us in lines at the supermarket or bus stop or who service our cars.
See if you can find an opportunity today to love someone and make a difference to their day and in their life.