“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence”1 John 3:18-19 NIV
Jesus didn’t come to only tell the world that He loved them. Instead, He chose to show the world that He loved them by sacrificing His life on the cross. Because of the love that Jesus demonstrated for us, we are called to love others by the way we serve and treat them. Christians are expected to do more than feel love, they are commanded to act on it, in selfless sacrifice. Verse 19 says that it is by loving people in this way that we can confidently be in God’s presence and know that we are His.
Our trip to the Village of Hope allows us to practice these verses in a real way. We are having opportunities to love our new neighbors and colleagues by working, playing, eating, laughing and living with them in their world and their culture. The children in the Village are truly “love personified” and we can see how God is transforming lives through love.
“Thank you God for helping us to love all people as you would love them. Give us your eyes and your heart for others and take the ordinary, everyday actions we do and transform them into moments of your love being shown. Let this amazing Zambian experience be a catalyst for continuing to grow in love for others. We pray in Jesus name. Amen