We all have been blessed with a unique gift from our Heavenly Father. These gifts help us connect to our calling that God has placed on our life. Some of us have a voice that can calm a raging soul; while some of our voices can cause a soul to rage – that’s me! There are different kind of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them (1 Corinthians 4:11). However, I believe we were all gifted with one identical spiritual gift. I believe we were all called to love!
1 Peter 4:8 tells us to love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. The love Peter is talking about is not an earthly love. The love that Peter is speaking of is a love that is reflective of our God’s love for us. When I am troubled, God’s love calms me. When I am afraid, God’s love makes me brave. When I am down, God’s love lifts me. When I feel weak, God’s love strengthens me. When I am accused, God’s love protects me. God’s love never fails. Love never fails.
Have you ever experience this love? Have you ever shared this type of love? I am not talking about with just your circle. I am talking about that co-worker who always has something negative to say. I am talking about that relative who you have not spoken to in years. I am talking about that person who may not look like you. I am talking about that person that does not dress like you. I am talking about that person that does not believe the same thing you do. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God – 1 John 4:7.
What does this gift look like you might ask? I believe 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 gives us a perfect description of this gift.
Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps not records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protect, always trust, always hopes, always preservers.
Love is the first and greatest commandment – Matthew 22:37-39. I believe this world could use a little more love. So I have decided to use this gift generously to honor our Father God. God did not give me this gift for me to hold onto; but to share with everyone. . The gift of love should be used to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace – 1 Peter 4:10.
So when I see that single mom putting groceries back because she cannot afford them all, I am going to show God’s love. When I see that widow sitting alone at church, I am going to show God’s love. When I see that neighbor who lost their child to drugs, I am going to show God’s love. As God has loved you, so you must love one another – John 13:34. This commandment has called all of us to LOVE!
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Tomeka Jones is a higher education professional at her local community college. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 18 years and they are the proud parents of one amazing daughter. In the fall you can catch her on the pitch watching her daughter or watching college football. She loves to tell other women about God’s unconditional love for them. Click here to read more about Tomeka.