Words from the Heart for Thursday August 11th, 2016
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19 (NIV)
Loved to Love
The source of all love comes from God. He gives you the strength to love, even when someone is difficult to love. If you find someone challenging to honour and love, thank God that He chose to show you love when you were unlovable. Ask Him to give you the strength to love so that you might do good to those who are hard to love.
Wayne Collin worked at the Canadian Tire store in Welland for 45 years and he was loved by all who shopped there. Customers would come to the store and ask for him by name. He recently retired and will be missed – having worked at the store since he was 22 years old, he had expertise like no one else. According to the stores Human Resource manager, “They know that they’re going to get exactly what they came in for, plus his expertise.” Collin said, “When I started, there was no such thing as computers, let alone scanners or cellphones. To know where everything was in the store, you literally had to manually put everything away, so you had to know where everything was.” Employees and customers are going to miss him a lot and Collin said he’s going to miss working there, too.
Human love is so often fickle. Marriages crumble because love dissipates – for any number of reasons. The natural human response to being treated badly is revenge. Road rage has led to countless deaths. It isn’t difficult to love those who love us. But the Gospel calls us to something far more. 1 John 4:19 puts it simply: “We love because he first loved us.” Just because this statement is short doesn’t mean what it calls us to is easy. In fact, it is not. Think about God’s love for a few minutes. While we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. We were enemies of Jesus Christ – proven by our sin and rebellion against righteousness. We wanted our own way and we were determined to get it. We loved those who were easy to love. But this isn’t the love of God. He loves those who may never love Him back. His love for those who didn’t love Him was so strong that it cost Him the life of His Son. Once we come into relationship with Him through faith we are called to love in the same way. It is in the love of Jesus Christ that we have our example of how to love perfectly. And how to express that love by laying down our lives for those whom Jesus loves. We do that daily in small acts of kindness and compassion.
These have been words from the heart.