I want to live my life so there is no doubt or denying … I loved my people well.
What does it take to love well? What does living like an example of God’s love involve? Do we find it only in church or in the religious crowd? Or can we find God among the beaten and broken?
To love people well takes humility, accepting people with love. It is real and genuine love that only comes from God. Humility has been the pursuit of my life since I was a little girl, a virtue that I was aware of at a very tender age. I remember many evenings sitting with my grandmother on the davenport, in front of the double hung windows that had gauzy, sheer white curtains, my feet resting in her lap as we would talk. If I close my eyes I can smell her tiny warm house with homemade soup simmering on the stove. Her home was humble, but her heart was huge. Her life was humble; her humility great. She was kindhearted to everyone, always serving. She would ask me deep questions during our talks and she would listen to my answers.
The worst pride can be thinking you are closer to God than anyone else, that you have all the answers and there’s nothing you could learn from someone else.
Pride is a sneaky bugger. However, 1 Peter 4:8 says, “Continue to show deep love for each other, for love can cover a multitude of sins.” To be a true Christian, we should be bear fruits of kindness and humility; we should be loving people in the midst of life’s messes.
Do you reach out to people loving them as they are? Do you practice humility, willing to learn from those around you?