For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

// John 3:16

So, a few days ago someone asked me if I loved “them”. I kind of hesitated for a bit before responding with my answer, as love is such a powerful word to use and say and can almost be generically used, expressed or applied at times without genuine value to it.

Of course, I sheepishly yet emphatically said “yes”. Like, duh, is that even a question to ask? Well, in the context of things, that question really had me thinking. I think that love is who we truly are. We were made to love and be loved [by God]. True Love [God Himself] dwells within us, which of course by our own choice compels us to love others relentlessly through all of the good, hurt, pain, bad and joy.

Look at what God did. He gave his only begotten Son for us all. That is crazy love, but love nonetheless! Love makes us do things which we thought that we would never ever do, which in one form is true grace [unmerited, unearned, and undeserved favor]. That is Jesus Himself personified – Grace.

Love is Grace extended. It's in how we interact with anyone. And Love is kindness released. It is shown in our actions towards everyone.

Today, let's all be genuinely intentional in how we love others, whether it's someone’s first time coming to church, or someone that you haven't seen in a while, or even someone whom you saw the other day. Let's truly be a reflection of the Jesus that we worship and behold every day!

// Amber Thomas