Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was… – Mark 2:3-4
Jesus Christ became the embodiment of love by dying for us. And He commanded us to show this same love to others. So, as Christ-like ones, we ought to live and show love to others in deeds and not in speeches.
Love, as an action word, must be demonstrated. It is not enough to theorize about love in our churches. Our every day ACTIONS must demonstrate the love of God to our families, friends, spouses, neighbors, colleagues, at our car packs, restaurants, homes, neighborhoods, offices, schools, etc,.
The sick man in this story was bedridden and couldn’t help himself, but, LOVE (action) was displayed when these four men (maybe his friends or neighbors), cared enough* to bring him to the One who could help him and put him out of his misery.
These four men had a choice to help this man or not, just like we all have choices to help people we see all around us with different needs. So we can either pretend not to see the needs of these people, or allow the love of God flow through us to them.
A Christian who doesn’t practice ‘Love’ is a caricature of what he/she should be! Find out practical ways to show the love of God to others today!
John 13:34-35, Romans 13:8 & 1 John 4:7-12.
Ask for the grace to be compassionate towards the needs of the people you see around you, enough to spur you to selfless acts of love towards them.