“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)
We recently got a puppy. His name is “August.” Besides feeding him, providing shelter, and teaching the dog to behave, all the puppy really requires is love and affection. Even a humble dog will need love. Maybe through these creatures God teaches us something about ourselves.
There was a TV series called “Dogtown” where dogs, sometimes hopeless cases, were given a new lease on life. Many of these animals suffered various afflictions, some had been mistreated, many neglected. Yet with attention and love these animals blossom, some of them recover to the point they can be adopted by loving families.
Even the most hard case person will always need love and affection. We may put on a stoic appearance, pretend that we don’t need anyone, yet people need affection and love so badly that they will continually enter into bad relationships on the mere hope of finding love and receiving affection.
Those of us who suffer long and hard with affliction are not immune to the need for love and affection. Indeed, because we have suffered so much we may be in greater need of these important elements of life. Just as one of God’s creatures can thrive when given love, so can we as human beings grow within as we receive love from those around us.
Love is the most precious element in life. No wonder we are told in the Bible that God’s very nature is love.
We can become so bruised and bitter by life that we place a wall between ourselves and those who would love us. We may feel that because of our afflictions and diseases we are beyond the recovering power of love, and that no one would be interested in loving us. Yet we can no more live without oxygen to breathe than we can live without love, the love of friends and family, spouse and children, and especially the love of God.
You may feel that no one could ever love you because of your affliction, you may doubt God’s love for you, but I’m here to assure you that when you find God, you find love, and where God’s children are, there you will find love. The heartbeat of Christianity is love, and God is its driving force.
Call upon God, ask Him into your heart, into your life. Receive His love, live in His love, share that love with others, and allow them to love you back.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we truly thrive when we abide in Your love. Help us to live love, to give it and receive it as You love us. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is grateful for the love of God, family, and friends.
Do you feel that no one can love you because of your affliction? Do you fear opening your heart to love others? Do you ever not like feeling as though you need love? Have you considered that love can be a healing force in your life?
Do you have 5 minutes? If your answer is “no, not right now,” I encourage you to come back later and watch this video, “Your Father’s Love Letter.” We all need love and God is the source of that. At the beginning of this video it says that the words will “change your life. . .if you let them.” it is an awesome reminder of God’s love of you.