“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
—Proverbs 3:27, NIV
Our lifestyle is to be lived by the precepts of Jesus and to live His example and to be ready for every good work. Many of us are guilty of walking by our neighbors and not loving them when we have a open door. I keep thinking about Jesus and the man with leprosy. He didn’t walk by, or around, or run away from him. He stopped and did the unthinkable. He touched a man with a contiguous and deadly disease and healed him with His touch.
The man with leprosy had lived years without the touch of love in his life. What a painful place to live. We sometimes miss the fact that the Bible teaches that we are to love our neighbors “as ourselves,” (Matthew 22:39). We are obligated to do good to all men (Galatians 6:10), and the failure to do so is sin (James 4:17). Often the excuse is made, “But I don’t have anything to give or enough time to give.” If this is true, then one is without obligation, according to our verses, but it is often the case that we have something to give but just aren’t willing to do so.
Love needs to be the motivation of our heart to flow out into the lives around us. Love will change and influence those around us as we run to God every day to be filled with His love and let it overflow into the lives around us. God has loved us with abundance through the gift of His one and only Son. It is our turn to Give Love as it was first given to us.
Give Love. We can never have enough or give enough away!
by Ron Kirkeeng, Pastor of Student Ministries