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“I want to give him love!” replied our 4-year old granddaughter. Her mother had just caught her kissing her sleeping grandfather’s hand. Like grandfathers do, he had fallen asleep on the special yellow chair. The other grown-ups were busy preparing a meal.

Similarly, I can rejoice in God’s presence during my time alone with Him. I can freely express my love for Him. Jesus taught us about the utmost importance of loving God with our all. I should also love my neighbour as myself. In this way I can actually express my love for God.

How to love:
God might not ask of me to physically give my life for someone else. It often does take time, energy and effort to show love though – by listening to, helping, and encouraging someone else. A friendly word or a little hug might not cost me much, but the Lord does sometimes ask of me to give above and beyond.

While giving his all on the cross so that the world might have life, Jesus still showed loving care for his mother. This highlights the importance of caring for our family. When was the last time I had contacted my siblings, my aged parents or grandparents?

My words:
Do I revert to harsh, hurting words that increases stress levels in hearer and speaker, causing physical damage in the process? On the other hand: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.” (Proverbs 16:24 AMP)

Research shows that pure honey is not only a natural sweetener, but also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and an anti-oxidant! Similarly, even my small deeds of love can have, albeit in a small way, a beneficial effect. My words can improve the emotional (and even the physical) health – of my family, of the supermarket cashier, and even the stranger I pass on the street. In the process it can lower my own stress levels as well!

“Be intentionally kind, compassionate and forgiving – just as in Christ God forgave you.”
– Ephesians 4:32 NIV

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