Give Love Away—don’t wait until Christmas Day. Lord knows what the world needs now is love sweet love—that’s the only thing there just too little of… In light of the many tragic events in the news lately, these powerful lyrics of love from a few of my favorite songs come to mind. The thought of a nine year old being shot to death, or a police officer killing the people they are to serve and protect, as well as someone killing folk at a planned parenthood clinic is heartbreaking. What makes this even sadder is these events seem to be a never-ending cycle. Only God’s love can make the difference. I’ve often shared that the greatest barometer of God’s love is to share His love with everyone. Love is an action word—it’s nothing until you give it away and one of its off springs is being courteous to each other. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (Philippians 2:3).”
The only race is the human race. Sometimes I look around in utter disappointment and think whatever happened to us as a community of caring people. It seems that we have become our worst enemy thus increasingly violent towards each other. Whoever heard of American terrorists? Nowadays that’s just another awful fact that we have become familiar with hearing. At one time, even African Americans were known as a kind and gentle people, but now there is tremendous anger and frustration which has caused hostility towards our brothers and sisters. The love we had is gone. Matthew 24:12 states, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…”
Whatever happened to being a good neighbor? When did we as a people become so callous hearted that we can get on the elevator with a neighbor or co-worker and not even smile or speak? The law of reciprocity is about sowing and reaping. Let us forever be reminded that whatever you give out will come back. An age-old adage is ‘what goes around comes around.’ Thus, the golden rule reminds us to ‘…do unto those as you would have them do unto us’ (Luke 6:31.) It appears the mantra of today is ‘to do others before they do you.’
Your outward reflection is indicative of what’s going on in the inside. Could it be that all of this is simply because of a lack of self-love and self-respect? We need to go back to the old time way—when we spoke to our neighbors, opened the door, smiled and said a simple thank you to God and his people. If not, we will appear to be simply robotic human like creatures with no interpersonal skills and absolutely devoid of God’s love. This message of love is for everyone. We can all use improvement when it comes to sharing love in every area of life. Let’s start with a smile. Greet someone at work, home, church or on the street with a friendly ‘hello’ or a smile. This is applicable in person or on the telephone—trust me you can hear a smile.
Lastly, faults are like headlights—you always see someone else’s first. Instead of desiring love from others—let’s become the agents of change when it comes to sharing love. Love God’s way will make the world a better place for people and generations to come. Most of all, I believe God would be pleased. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).
Will you give love away today…?
©Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her at effierolfe.com or on twitter.- com/effiedrolfe. Listen to urbanpraiseradio.org