"I give you a new commandment; that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another."
This is a difficult undertaking.
The Roman philosopher Seneca made a statement we all need to remember: "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness." I would add to that, Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity to express love." Everyone on earth needs love and kindness. Even when we have nothing to offer others in terms of money or possessions, we can give them love and show them kindness.
God tells me everyday, "Get your mind off yourself and your problems and spend today doing something to love someone else." From start to finish, in all kinds of ways, God's Word encourages and challenges us to love other people. To love others is the "new Commandment" Jesus gave us in John 13:34, and it is the example He set for us throughout His life and ministry on earth. If we want to be like Jesus, we need to love others with the same kind of gracious, forgiving, generous, unconditional love he extends to us.
Nothing has changed my life more dramatically than learning how to love people and treat them well. Incorporate this thought into your life: I love and enjoy helping people.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "love and enjoy helping people."
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, let love for others flow through me."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.