Love the World || Week 2 of 3
Welcome to week 2 of this 3-week series ‘Love Yourself, Love the World, BE AUTHENTIC’. If you didn’t catch week 1 – Love Yourself check it out!. I highly encourage you to read this series in order. Also, If you’ve decided to take the pledge to love yourself, check out these 5 easy and effective steps to self-love! You won’t regret it, I promise!
This week’s topic is ‘Love the World’.
You may be thinking “Ashley, what do you mean ‘Love the World’?” or “There are billions of people in this world, how on earth (<– haha) am I expected to love them all!?”
I’m so glad you asked and I think these are very good questions. I too had these very same questions when this topic came to mind.
Yes, there are a lot of people out there, but if Jesus can love every single one of them, so can we!
Okay, so let me explain.
As Christians, we are called to love one another. (1 John 3:11), (John 13:34), (1 Peter 4:8). There are so many people out there who just need somebody to show them God’s Love. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day activities that we forget to love and encourage others. Did you know that it only takes one second to positively impact the life of someone else?
Imagine how awesome the world would be if we all just decided to love one another!
I suppose the question now is: ‘How do we love one another?’
Show kindness To One Another.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4: 2-3
As I say probably more times than I can count, it’s not hard to be kind. It’s really not. It’s as simple as offering to pay for someones coffee or telling someone you pass in the grocery store that you really like their shirt. Seriously, I challenge you to go out of your way to do something for someone else. To you, it may just be a task, but to them, it’s a whole new perspective.
Who’s to say that person wasn’t having a really bad day and your compliment or that cup of coffee lifted their spirits. Wouldn’t you want somebody to do the same for you?
Do Not Judge
This goes hand and hand with showing kindness. You don’t know what someone may be going through. Sure, maybe the way they drive isn’t to your liking. Maybe they look the way they do today because their utilities got shut off and they couldn’t shower or wash their clothes. 9 times out of 10, our perception of a person is wrong. plus, who are we to judge? we’re just as flawed. We need to worry about ourselves before we worry about someone else. Afterall, we are called to LOVE not to
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” – Romans 2:1
Be Slow To Anger
This one pours into the don’t judge category. When something someone has done has angered you, take a minute to think about the situation before you make any split decisions. Maybe try to think of things from their perspective an give them the benefit of the doubt. we’re human and we all have our days. Be kind, don’t judge and have mercy on them. Afterall, you would want the same in return right?
I get it, what if someone has done something so inexcusable? Ask yourself, what did Jesus do? He loved them and treated them with respect anyway.
“ Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” –1 Peter 3:8-9
Let Your Actions Be Your Words
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 KJV
Lead by example! In education, there are different learning styles. Seeing, doing, hearing, and any combination far and in-between. This is because not everyone learns the same, we are all unique!
The same concept applies in this context. You can tell someone how to do something, but how are they expected to learn if they are not shown?
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – James 1:22
This week, I challenge you to take these points into consideration because they are incredibly important. Go out of your way to do something nice for someone else. Do something you wouldn’t normally do just to benefit the life of someone else. It’s so incredibly awesome to see that person’s face light up and to know that you are the reason behind that smile. It’s the little things!
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
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