“God is love,” John the Revelator wrote. In this description do we immediately see that God is a God of relationship. Love flows within the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
And that same love is poured out unto us.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. -Romans 5:5
Thus, the love of God must flow out of our hearts into the hearts of others.
How can we make this happen?
1. Be forgiving. Love stops flowing when we have an unforgiving heart. Unforgivingness breeds bitterness which then leads to hate. It is destructive to relationships and even blocks the love of God from flowing through the unforgiving heart.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. -Matthew 6:14-15
2. Practice random acts of kindness. Mother Theresa said this: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
With kindness you can touch people with the love of God. Kindness is one sure way of soothing the hurts you may have received from others. Melt the bitterness with kindness.
3. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. It’s a scary thought. To be vulnerable is to be open to more hurts. Yet, the alternative is to build walls around us, which desensitizes us and causes us to be indifferent.
Vulnerability may rent, tear and rip us. But it opens up gaps in our souls that enable God’s love to flow through. God’s love engenders compassion and empathy.
It’s what the world desperately needs.