One of the sweetest things is being on the receiving end of kindness. Whether it’s getting a card, flowers, or an unexpected meal, these things have a way of making our day don’t they? It is not always about what is given, but it is about the thought and consideration. These small acts of kindness make us feel seen, loved, and valued.
Jesus spent his days loving people. Throughout Scripture we see story after story of Jesus walking the streets, freely giving love to everyone He met. He cared for the weary, healed the sick, and comforted those who were lost in their sin. Oftentimes He simply spent time with people. He listened, talked, hugged, and cried. He took every opportunity to show value to people, to serve them, and to show kindness. He did these things not because He wanted anything in return, but because it was his nature.
Those who are loved by God, let his love continually pour from you to one another, because God is love. 1 John 4:7 (TPT)
Jesus calls us to be like him. We are instructed in Scripture to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, follow him, and serve one another. So practically, what does that mean? There are many distractions and things that fill our lives and our time. Jesus has called us to keep our eyes on him, deny what the world values, and follow him. And what does Jesus value? People.
Do you want to make a positive impact and discover your purpose? Start where you are. Love the people around you. You will make an impact like Jesus and become more like him in the process. Who around you needs the love of Jesus?
Reflect and Respond:
1. How have God and people loved you? Journal about times you have received love.
2. Doing for others is not a task, it’s an opportunity! This is a great perspective shift! Look for opportunities to serve those closest to you today.
3. Here are a few ideas for loving people. Circle the ones that catch your attention, and make a plan to do them! Call a friend and let her know you are thinking about her. Bring a meal to a tired mama. Send an encouraging email to your boss thanking him or her for leading your department. Give your spouse attention in their love language. Send an encouraging text every day, and make it part of your routine. Send your mom flowers. Pick up your children from school, and take them out on a surprise date! Start a “care team” at your church.
Encouragement: God has already given you what you need to love people! He is living and breathing inside of you, and He will guide you in all that you do!
Recommended Resource: John Maxwell YouTube Video: Adding Value To People