How do I express God’s love to people around me?

posted by Rachel Inglis

28th May 2016

 

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

1 John 4:7-10

 

In what ways do you express the love of God to those around you?

 

This was one of the reflective questions posed when I was listening to Pray As You Go recently.

I felt quite challenged as I pondered!  I realised it would take me at least the whole day to answer this simple question. 

These are some of the thoughts I came up with, which are really what I experience from others who express the love of God to me:

  • Smile at strangers
  • If someone comes to my mind, give them a call, or, if they’re far away or have busy lives, send a supportive email or text
  • When I meet someone in the street, be prepared to stop and listen
  • Meet a friend for coffee and chat
  • Listen to people when you meet them (Note to self: I mean actively listen)
  • Affirm them as your friend, as a valued human being with unique gifts
  • Be patient with those who try my patience

In what ways do you express the love of God to those around you?

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