In this world the beauty of love is all around us. With nature for sure, when we’re graced by the golden rays of the sun and lush foliage in parks. For months strolling along the beach we see the crushing waves on sunlit days. In winter just looking at ice-covered mountains gracing the skyline is delightful.
But in our daily lives there are other loves that are more personal. We all face them on our journey through life. These are the people we love - our fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends. We’re attracted by their smiles, laughter, dress, education, and intellectual prowess. These abundant blessings reveal themselves in unexpected ways. Wayne Dyer (1940–2015), a self-help author and motivational speaker observed, “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” Much of this beauty that surrounds us is within our reach to enjoy. One of America’s founding fathers and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) realized, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” This truth is captured in beauty, wisdom, and honesty of our daily lives. We can access these gifts by doing good deeds.
It takes dedication to be in love. When we reach out for such joy we come to a place where there’s God. His blessings are found in the kindness we show others. It’s wondrous love at its best that may be evasive, but through persistence we’re able to capture it. This love is all around us. Keep on professing your faith which points to eternity. You’ll then become secured in your walk as you encounter God’s deep and lasting love. Such an undertaking brings joy to your souls. A cosmetic surgeon and author Maxwell Maltz (1889–1975) wrote, “Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” We do so by displaying this sort of love. It’s always on the move and embraces everything in its path.
Love of Christ
A screenwriter Monica Johnson (1946–2010) captured the essence of faith when she testified: “God is so unique in giving His people ways of fellowship, witness, and remember what a mighty and merciful God He is.” Christ’s love is surely through his Word of Truth. It reveals itself by loving the poor, hungry, and homeless. The Holy Spirit deepens this love and reveals these great blessings. All we have to do is look to the cross, the symbol of hope, life, resurrection, and salvation. Walk therefore like saints growing in humility. You’ll be having hearts of flesh formed through the Spirit of Truth that comes from the Good Shepherd himself.
Love of Creation
Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941), a Bengali author and artist believed, “Love is the only reality and it is not mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.” Tagore has cleverly touched on the pulse of love’s nature. Christians encounter these through the symbols of God surrounding us. Such liberty involves beauty that cleanses our hearts and minds. New hearts are formed and nurtured.
With community love we care for people in villages, cities and towns. It honors the Lord’s commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. By this commandment we sow love in all places through the fruits of the Spirit. Love creates and recreates - and as it does, blesses everything else in its path. It’s the ultimate beauty of life that can be best described as boundless.