To close out our talk on love this month I have a simple message for you: love God, love your neighbor. I know, it sounds really simple but isn’t always so simple to follow through on, is it? It’s a great concept but we don’t always let it get beyond that, maybe because we’re scared or not willing to put in the work necessary to make the concept into reality.
I think the first step is to not over-complicate it. I know we’re really good at that and put all kinds of unnecessary pressure on ourselves on a regular basis as a result. Love can be really complicated, but it’s also very simple. Which leads to the second step: do the best you can. God doesn’t expect perfection, he knows all about the Garden of Eden and how we’re going to be sinners during our earthly stay. 1 Corinthians 13 reminds that love is patient, hopeful and enduring, not that it’s perfect.
So what’s the answer? First, don’t let love end with February 14 or even February, choose that love is going to stay a priority in your life. Second, do something, however simple, each day to show love to someone else. Maybe it won’t be a romantic love action but rather a simple gesture of help for a coworker or someone you meet at the grocery store. Finally, do your best to not do more harm in a world that is already hurting. Take the time to think about your words and actions before doing or saying your knee-jerk reaction and make sure it won’t make someone’s day worse or add to the problems we have. Will you join me and do your part in spreading love?
“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39