Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11 NIV
Love One Another
In 2018, one in four Canadians aged 15 years and older (7.8 million people) reported providing care for family members or friends with a long-term condition, a physical or mental disability, or problems related to aging. Previous studies have found that women are more likely to be caregivers. This was also true in 2018, when women accounted for 54% of all Canadian caregivers. Data from two surveys was used to document different aspects of their experience.
There is so much pain in people’s lives these days. We all carry around the result of living in a world that is not what it was when God declared, “It is very good.” Our world and our lives have been marred by sin, by the selfishness of others and the waywardness of our own souls. Our Creator stepped into our world in the person of Jesus Christ. He experienced the pain of being human and out of His pain He did something astounding – He loved us. In the midst of the horrific pain of crucifixion He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing”. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are called to love in just the same way. 1 John 4:11 tells us “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” Look around and you will see the pain others are dealing with. Out of our own humanity, we are called to love like Jesus. We are called to step into the pain of others to bring the loving and healing power of Jesus. As you have experienced His love, love others.
These have been words from the heart.