People just want to feel loved and accepted. Our love tank needs to be filled. Let me as you this. How free are you to love others? Do you hold love safe in your heart, only for certain people? Is your heart open? Do you pour out love on to others?
People go where the love flows. Think about that. They want a place to belong, to fit in, and feel welcome. People thrive in an atmosphere where they feel accepted, supported, and included. This could be a group of friends, a church, a team, or wherever. Nurturing and loving environments allow people to be inspired, creative, and free to be themselves. It’s healthy. It’s good.
I’ve been watching what’s been happening in Ottawa as people come together and stand in solidarity. Strangers are offering food, resources, and support. It’s been sparking interest around the world. And, it reminds me of what we should be doing as a body of Christ – igniting love and helping others, being motivated by love.
Our natural bent, because we’re good people, is to show kindness, to be compassionate and caring, and all those good things. We look for ways we can help out. It’s supposed to be that way.
However, our love can get stopped up where it doesn’t flow as easily as it used to. Pain, trauma, and unfortunate experiences makes us more cautious around people. Harsh words and bad behaviors toward us keeps us protective, maybe even becoming unloving. Things like anger, judgment, and divisiveness keep us in bondage. No one flourishes that way. No one unites. It causes hurts of all kinds. Deep hurts. That’s not the kind of world we want to live in. And that’s not the kind of person God wants us to be.
What if we opened our hearts? What if we let the love Christ overflow and splash on to others? What if we sought to come together in unity, peace, and acceptance? What if we looked for commonality and things that brought us together rather than things that rip us apart?
We can do better. If you want to change the world, start to love.