I Did It For Love


“If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his made, how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love with words or speech, but with truth and action.”  — 1 John 3:17-18


One morning a mother was running late for an appointment. Wanting to look her best, she asked her son to polish her shoes. He did such a good job that she wanted to reward him. So, she gave him a dollar.


As she was putting on one of the shoes, she felt something strange. She reached into the shoe and discovered her dollar bill. With it was a note that read, “Here’s your dollar back, Mom. I did it for love.”


Love has ears to hear the size of the sorrowing. It has eyes to see the needs of those who were suffering. It has feet that run to others to show mercy. It has hands that extend themselves to help heal others. It has a heart that can feel the pain that others are enduring. Love always forgets self to serve others.


If we are not serving others, we do not love. God’s word tells us to “love in deed, not words alone.” Service is the outward, visible expression of an inward, tangible reality. Serving others to the glory of God is the clearest evidence of God’s love planted in the human heart.


May each show more of his love every day.


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