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Showing Love At A Time Like This

Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

RayMcDSome of us – the older persons for sure – grew up in an era when men had a hard time showing their emotions.  Even in today’s society it is not unusual for some men to have a hard time saying I love you to their spouse – their children – family – or others. Some women have a hard time as well – but it seems to come more naturally for them. Expressing our feelings – our love and our emotions – shouldn’t be so hard.

Along the lines of some men having a hard time saying they love the ones they do love – it is not uncommon to hear at a funeral for a dad – he may not have said it very often if at all – but I knew my father loved me.

At funerals I often remind people to not wait to say I love you to those they love – because the opportunities might be short – and the end can come unexpectedly. A clergy friend of mine – four years my junior – died suddenly of a heart attack – here one moment and gone the next.  We all know of people who died suddenly – and maybe we had some regrets about not saying we loved them enough – if at all. Same thing for people holding grudges against those they love. It is often heard at funerals – the last time we spoke we had an argument – and then I find out that the argument was months – even years ago at times.

Why is it so hard to say I love you for some? God says it over and over again throughout Scriptures – with words and actions.

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:9-10 – This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

So how do we show our love to others? How do we tell others we love them? Don’t be embarrassed – it is the most natural thing in the world – to love others! Don’t let another moment go by – text them – call them – Facebook them – go downstairs and tell them you love them. It doesn’t have to be a special event or day!

We know that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. We can overcome our lack of comfort – and tell others we love them! Try it and see what happens. Showing our love should be easier my friends!

Showing love during a time like this is very important. The world is going crazy. Satan is running rampant. One can see Satan at work in the Middle East – in North Korea – in Chicago – in Baltimore – in our own neighborhoods. We even see hatred running rampant in the recent elections and in the aftermath of the elections. I’ve almost deleted or suspended my Facebook account several times because of the hatred I see on my Facebook feed – from people from all walks of life (I’ve never seen a President attacked so viciously. I know these are unique times – yet I also know we are called to love one another – even when we disagree with them. I’ve seen such anger in my colleagues as well and it is disheartening.

The days – they are counting down – to the final day – for us or for all of us. Let us express our love today – because tomorrow might be too late.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on your way.

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February 1, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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