We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[f] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
The greatest act of love was Jesus laying down his life for us. He was perfect and without sin, yet gave his life for all of us living in sin. How could the creator of the universe love his creation so much that he would submit to death to pay the penalty for our sins?
With such an awesome example of the love of God, should we not be willing to sacrifice and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ? The love of God should cause each of us to have compassion for those who have needs that we have the capacity to meet or fulfill. If God has blessed us, why would a compassionate and loving Christian refuse to help someone that honestly and genuinely needs help through a hard time in their life. As a pastor, we constantly have people to come to us with various need – be it money, food, or shelter. There may be times we you may not have the means to provide for every single need. However, the goal is always to help in whatever way possible out of the love for God.
Love is endless. The love of God should provoke us to want to help someone that needs a hand up, not just a hand out. If you sacrifice and give to another without them even asking, often times they will listen to the advice and counsel you may have to offer them. I lived in Washington, DC for several years, and I became numb to the homeless begging for money on the streets. I became numb because I assumed they were asking for money to feed an addiction. The Lord convicted me to give them something regardless of the use and to share Jesus with them. How can we say that we love God and not express it also with our actions?
Dear Lord, I am so sorry for receiving the love of God and not sharing his love through me to others. Please increase my sensitivity and compassion for those who cross my path every day. Help me to love unconditionally through my words of love and my acts of love.