When we say we care for people, what are we meaning?
When we say we love people, what are we meaning?
I hear a lot of people say that they love everybody, or that they really care but do we? In a perfect world we would care and love everybody. What are we doing now to show we care? If someone needed you to listen could you do that? If someone needed you to pick them up from across town, could you without grumbling about gas? If someone asked you who Jesus was, could you tell them without judgment?
Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, or exaggerate itself, is not rude, is not selfish, does not think evil of others, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Love also wants what is best for others. Sometimes what is best for them isn’t what they ask for. Love does not mean being a pushover and bowing down to everybody’s every whim. I believe that love brings out the best in yourself and the people you are around. Unhealthy relationships with people are not bred out of love, they are bred out of selfishness.
Love breeds healthy relationships with others, mends broken relationships with others and makes you the best person you can be.
Perhaps we don’t love people as we should because we are afraid. We’ve been hurt before, we’ve seen the ugliness of people, and relationships aren’t easy at all. Friends hurt you… Family is well family… Classmates are inconsiderate.
Perfect love casts out all fear.