Love is an innate need inside each of us—a need that God has placed in our lives to draw us towards Him and towards relationships. However, each person feels loved in different way.
What makes you feel loved? Is it someone saying encouraging words to you? Is it someone buying you a gift? Or is it someone spending time with you? We all want to feel loved, in very specific ways, but it’s less often that we think about how others want to be loved. It’s easier to receive love than to give it. That’s why we need God, who helps us change our attitude towards love.
6 God has also given each of us different gifts to use. If we can prophesy, we should do it according to the amount of faith we have. 7 If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach. 8 If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:6-8 (CEV)
God gave each of us certain talents, and we are supposed to use them to help other people. One of the ways we love others is by serving them. Some people need to be physically served (brought meals, driven around), others need to be emotionally served (being listened to, a shoulder they can cry on), and others need to be spiritually served (given scriptures, praying with them). Loving others means you are aware of another person’s need and are willing to serve them. This means we need to put ourselves to the side, which can be hard to do!
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13 (NLT)
Society today tells us to look out for ourselves. But God tells us to lay down our lives for each other. We disrupt the world’s way of thinking when we chose to serve each other instead of just live live for ourselves. How can you serve others today?