“Choose Love by Taking Small Steps Daily”
Charles Mallory, Associate Pastor of Motley Free Methodist Church
Leviticus 19:17-18 (TLB), says, “Don’t hate your brother. Rebuke anyone who sins; don’t let him get away with it, or you will be equally guilty. Don’t seek vengeance. Don’t bear a grudge; but love your neighbor as yourself, for I am Jehovah.”
It is safe to say that everyone wants to be loved and be shown love in some way. What we need to understand is this love we seek cannot come from books, lectures, television programs, hopeful thinking or listening to motivational speakers on-line.
How can we find this kind of love and choose to love this way especially when we feel that we have experienced so little of it ourselves? In order to receive love we must first take a bold step forward and be the first one to render love.
We take these bold steps of loving by expressing love every time there is an opportunity. A smile, a handshake, a word of encouragement, a phone call, a card, a hug, a kind greeting, a gesture of support, a home visit, a helping hand, a gift, a financial contribution, praying with them - all of these (and more) are “steps” we can take to express love first.
Each and every step that we take is like a candle burning in the night. It may not take all the darkness away, but it provides just enough light to safely guide us through the darkness. It gives the illumination we need to find that love we have always wanted.