LENTEN SEASON 2022 WEEKLY DEVOTION - 6
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.
Mostly what God does is love you.
Keep company with him and learn a life of love.
Observe how Christ loved us.
His love was not cautious but extravagant.
He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.
Love like that.”
(Ephesians 5:1-2 The Message translation)
What does it mean to “love like God loves”? That sounds like a pretty hefty order for us. And maybe it is in some cases. But how would our lives change if we at least tried to make this our goal in life?
We talk about this week after week about loving God and loving our neighbors but do we really put it into action? We want to quickly answer “yes, of course” but do we really? It is so much easier to do what is convenient and makes us feel good. But “loving like God loves” pushes the envelope a little more than most of us are comfortable with. This could be very disheartening.
So, what can/should we do? I think when we go the extra mile in extending kindness to others we move closer to the goal. Showing simple acts of kindness mean more than we could even imagine. I have a sorority sister who always says “everyone we meet is fighting a battle that we may never know about, so be kind.” I think if we adopt a similar attitude with everyone we encounter throughout our day, we will be working toward the goal of “loving like God loves”.
Now, realize that this will not be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination!! Being kind in our world that is filled with so many negative ideas and actions is difficult at best. But maybe that is where we need to start. Instead of seeing what is bad in our world, we should focus on the good. Changing our perspective on things can change our approach and our outcomes. Instead of seeing problems and challenges we could see opportunities and possibilities. Changing our perspectives can change our outcomes.
How about making a post-Easter goal of changing our attitudes of being kind and looking at challenges as possibilities? Let’s try it! It might move us closer to the goal of “loving like God loves”.
Prayer: Loving God, you set the bar pretty high for us to reach but it is not impossible. Help us as we change our perspective and see the opportunities and possibilities instead of challenges and problems. We want to love others as you have taught us. Do not stop showing us examples of how to do that! In Jesus’ name. Amen.