by Mary Jane DeWitt
LOVE ISN’T LOVE UNTIL YOU GIVE IT AWAY
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
If you have love for one another.
Love isn’t love until you give it away. Love is an action, an activity. Love is not just something we feel; love is something we do. It’s easy to master. Just throw love away, high and wide. Give love as much and as often as you can. You’ll be surprised how much comes right back to you.
When one loves God, it is natural to pass on that love to others, for love is the fundamental nature of God. When one is filled to the brim with the affirming love of the heavenly Father. Love springs forth. When you cast forth love to others, you embody the commandment to love one another as Christ loved you.
As you give yourself with joy to others, others will see God in you, and his love will come back to you. It may be warm thanks from a special friend or a smile from a stranger, but however it comes back, you will be lifted higher than you can imagine.
As we go through this crisis, this world has come together in many ways. Whether it’s through prayer, helping others or just listening to a friend. For once, we’re all on an equal plain right now. Will it stay that way? Is God testing us on how we deal with one another?
“If Nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open,
and so is your heart; and though there may be times when
your hands are empty, your heart is always full
and you can give things out of that.”
When Jesus stretched his arms out wide on the cross, He was saying,
“I love you this much.”
Bio: Mary Jane and her husband Stan, have been members since 2018. Before joining St. Michael”s, we were members of First Lutheran of St. Paul. After retiring, I had the pleasure of volunteering in church. The most rewarding was conducting a class on scripture and how it involved in daily life.