BN 23: Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World…
LOVE IS THE STRONGEST FORCE IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE
There’s nothing as strong and pure as genuine love. It emits passion that has a way of keeping us alive.
Everyone needs love, irrespective of age, social class, skin color or any other means of classifying humans.
Children who grow up without love almost always become problems to a society, but studies show that those who are nurtured under the love and care of their parents will almost certainly grow to become valuable and respectful citizens of the world.
Adults need love too. Employees function best when they work in an atmosphere of love. Time and time again, it has been proven that couples who live happily tend to be more productive than those in emotionally abusive relationships. Point is, we all need love. And it’s very easy to give love to people around us who “deserve” to be loved.
You know, that kind, loving people who seem to appreciate every single thing you do for them. But how about loving a hardened criminal who robbed your house when you were 12 and raped your mum? What would you do if you found that, 15 years later, the criminal was caught?
Now that’s a tough one.
Let’s not even go to that extreme. It’s hard to love people who we don’t understand, especially people who don’t appreciate our actions. But Jesus said to love everyone, including our enemies.
If you’re going to focus on the things people do, then you will only love those who love you. But that’s not the command. According to Jesus, his true followers are those who, like him, love even the people who seem unlovable.
If we’re honest, this isn’t something any of us can do naturally. However, you can start small. Love is not something we fall into, it’s something we become. So, start small by showing a little kindness to people you ordinarily wouldn’t show love to. The more you do it, the more you get use to it.
Love and affection may not solve all our problems, but they provide us the inner strength to keep pushing.
Love is so powerful it can bring life to dead situations. A story shared by Bob Goff illustrates this very well. His next-door neighbor of many years told him on the phone one day that she had been diagnosed with cancer. The depression and pain in her voice were obvious. Bob knew how hard it would be for a widow to fight cancer, so he decided to show her deeper love and affection because that was exactly what her spirit needed at the time.
He drove to the store and got them a pair of walkie-talkies, fixed one to her bed, and the other one to his own house. They spoke over the device regularly like 9 years olds. This greatly helped his neighbor, Carol, in her long fight with cancer. It dissipated the initial fears she had and gave her the inner strength to fight. Love is powerful!
For the rest of this summary, we will delve deeper into the potency of this great emotion and how you can practice loving everyone, always.