“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” — Luke 10:27
Keith, a 21-year-old college student, took note of the plight of the poor and homeless in his town. Moved with compassion, he turned his basement into a shelter for those in need. Over time, his love for the homeless grew. He did whatever he could, but he wanted to do more. So he found some like-minded people, educated them on the difficulties faced by the poor and raised money to expand his ability to help.
Over the years, his hospitality became an official nonprofit providing shelter for the homeless. Cars are gifted, and various programs help those in need to get on their feet. I know this story because Keith is a friend of mine. Since those early days, Keith has always signed his correspondence the same way: “Love is a verb.” In doing so, he reflects that true love takes action.
God displayed His love in action in the Book of Ruth as He provided for the widow, Naomi, and her foreign daughter-in-law, Ruth. The Good Samaritan took action to help a man who was robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. God’s love for the human race was put into action when He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him might have eternal life.
Take some time to reflect and identify specific ways God has put His unconditional love into action in your life. Then, spend some time thanking God for His great love for you.
— Karen Zando, NWSL’s Orlando Pride chaplain
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