DayBreaks for 11/09/11 – Demonstration of Divine Love
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. – 1 John 4:16
When the apostle John wrote that “God is love”, he is saying that the very nature of God is love. Love is the very foundation of our faith and is to be the foundation of our practice of faith as lived out in the two great commandments. Since God is love, in one sense it is literally true that Love makes the world go around, because all things consist and are held together by the one who is Love.
Sometimes we discover love in the places we would least expect it. Mother Teresa ministered among some of the neediest people on earth – people who were literally starving to death. She went into one hovel where she could see the hollowness of the children’s eyes and the emaciation of the parents. The family had not eaten in days. Mother Teresa had brought a very small portion of rice to the family. When she gave the rice to the mother, the mother promptly and without hesitation, divided it into two equal parts, and then rose to leave the room. “Where are you going?” Mother Teresa asked. The woman answered “Next door they are hungry also.”
That mother did not enjoy the affluence that you and I take for granted, but she could teach us something about what it means to follow Jesus – and about the second great commandment. If I were starving, if my children were starving, would I be so generous and loving? Or would I have kept it all for myself?
Well, I’m not that woman, I’m not in that circumstance. Instead, I’ve got food aplenty. But there are people who won’t have food tonight. Will I give them anything and demonstrate the reality of Divine Love to the world?
PRAYER: Lord, we are so selfish and ignorant – perhaps willingly so – to the great pain and need in the world. Forgive us. Let us demonstrate Your love to those in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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