I love to see random acts of love:
Driving past a playground last Spring I saw a daddy climbing up a slide, drying it for his little daughter with what appeared to be his own jacket.
I was heading to the restroom in a store one day when I saw an elderly lady walking toward me. A young man who worked there was hurrying after her. I immediately saw that the lady had a “toilet paper tail.” The employee soon passed me, offending “tail” in hand. That is going past mere kindness into the realm of sacrificial love!
Random acts of kindness are always encouraging, but when people love like Jesus loves, that is truly amazing. Jesus was always going above and beyond what anyone in His day considered possible in the realm of love. He not only talked to women, He talked to the most disenfranchised of women. He didn’t just heal lepers, He touched them before they were healed. Jesus, in fact, had this uncomfortable habit of loving everyone!
Because actually that is what real love is daring enough to do: love when it is uncomfortable, unpopular or even self-sacrificing. When was the last time you saw that kind of love? Was it something you saw, something you did, or maybe even something someone did for you. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to think very hard to come up with an example?
God promises that some day that will be how it is. We will live in perfection and love with Him for eternity. For now, however, we need to be the ones showing that unquenchable love that Jesus showed. We just need to be willing for Him to love through us and to have Him open our eyes to opportunities to love with that amazing love with which He first loved us.
“And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.” I John 3:23
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” I John 4:7
“We love because He first loved us.” I John 4:19