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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Yesterday, we talked about two different ways you can show love to the people around you. Today, I want us to look at three more ways we can love others. 

The first way to show love is to be authentic. Authenticity is very rare in our society today. As Christians, it is important that we are authentic and that we walk transparently before everyone, everywhere. We are living in a day and time when people are trying to manage their image, and we want to appear successful. We want to appear happy. Whether we are actually either one of those, we want to appear like we have it all together. If someone says, “How are you doing?” We want to always say, “Great.” In reality, we may be dying on the inside, and they know it. However, Scripture holds us to a higher standard, telling us to share not only the wonderful parts of our lives, but also to be open about our sins and struggles.

Another way we can be loving toward others is through service. What if we walked through life with the goal to help and develop everyone? Think about what a different place our world would be! It would mean that we would show up in people’s lives. Regardless of the kind of help they need; we would come alongside. Then, we would develop others so that they would learn to come alongside as well. That should be our goal as we continue to follow Jesus.

Finally, we can show love to others through encouragement. To be encouraging means to sow joy into everyone. Let me ask you a question. Do you go to church to get something or to give something? For some of us, we look at coming into the body of Christ as a chance to be encouraged. Others look for a place where they can get connected to people who need encouragement. We need to be doing both. We need to be receiving encouragement, but we also need to be giving encouragement. After all, you can’t give away what you don’t have.

6 Comments

  1. Millie on November 10, 2021 at 5:10 am

    Very well written. Have you found that today there are some pretty difficult attitudes towards faith-Christ-and they back their views with what they consider to be common sense? I am praying to be able to show a new truth (Christ) that grasp them were they are now.

  2. Debra Byrne on November 10, 2021 at 5:37 am

    Very well said. Thank you.

  3. Kelly on November 10, 2021 at 7:07 am

    The devotional is so true…. You can’t give away what you don’t have. Be authentic

  4. Susette Loughney on November 10, 2021 at 8:28 am

    I am pretty much authentic when I don’t feel good when I’m in pain I let them know and I just say take things day by day I have my church in my living room myself because I can’t get out I am on oxygen and I can’t walk hardly at all. So I watch 2 hours from church on Sunday and sometimes during the week when it’s on the TV. I do encourage people who need it as much as I can and they encourage me but thank you for the verse I really needed to hear that more and more.

  5. James W Howell on November 10, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Thank You for hitting the mark with this devotional. Thank JESUS.

  6. Betty Laughlin on November 10, 2021 at 9:42 am

    My friends and I share each other’s troubles with each other. And I try to be open to reach out to others that I don’t know. It is good to encourage one another. And a friendly smile may be what someone else needs

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