Acts of love bring joy to precious hearts. While performing these acts people look at the fruits of God’s grace. These are accomplished by believers when showing Christ’s love to all people. His grace which flows from heaven sustains souls, and causes the unification with the Holy Spirit. This is the good news of the Gospel.
With faith we find security in Christ. Tullian Tchividjian (b. 1972), a professor of Theology and pastor remarked, “Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.” What great news is this for those who have fallen short of his gracious love! It’s through Christ’s redemption that we’re able to succeed in life.
We must love our neighbors as ourselves, by sharing warmth and tenderness in relationships. It’s Christ’s love that makes hope blossom like new petals after a rainstorm. But this revelation has to be nurtured. Through trustworthy deeds we’ll come to know his beauty. Such a wondrous love is beyond comparison because it’s sowed deeply within our hearts. It’s found at the cross that shows Christ’s promises.
An author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001) wrote, “For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” How wonderful is God’s security in believers’ lives! Billy Graham (b. 1918), an evangelical preacher wrote, “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”
Love & Serve
We must always put love into practice while serving it to all mankind. This calls for humble hearts and a positive outlook. Such loving has to mean the love of God, and has to be authentic. This is vividly demonstrated in the Eucharistic celebration – the Supper of the Lamb, when Christ is lifted high in adoration. The poor, needy, and neglected are all welcomed at his feast. In participating we put into practice his promises, and supreme love that comes alive.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister and leader of the African American civil rights movement, observed, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” People’s failure to sow love and making their voices heard are surely the sort of tragedy to which King was alluding.
Desmond Tutu (b. 1931), a South African retired Anglican bishop stated, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Their love is universal. At the sublime level it’s one of connectedness. People promote this truth when they step forward to do their part in the communities where they live. This goodness is created, recreated, nurtured, and blossoms into amazing realities. It’s holy and expresses the eternal blessings of our Creator.
Recreated love is a true gift for all living souls. Albert Camus (1913–1960), a French author and philosopher captured this best when he noted: “Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.” Cycles of creative forces keep pushing us forward to tap into the dawning of a newer and better world. This comes through the recognition and acceptance of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit working in our midst.