One of my favorite books of all time is Love Does by Bob Goff. It’s one of those books that once you’ve finished you want every person you’ve ever met to read because it’s just that important of a book. Bob is filled with a ton of wisdom in what it means to give and to love like Jesus, and his book shows that perfectly.
One of my favorite lines in the book is this: “Simply put: love does.”
When I think about this, I immediately see Jesus. I see him showing his love for all of mankind by giving his life for us on the cross. I also see what he was probably like in the moments that we don’t get to read about in the Bible. I picture him playing with children as he makes his way through town or helping his mother at home as a young boy. All these things are love in action, they are what it looks like when love “does.”
You see, Jesus was always Jesus. There was never a time where he didn’t live his life loving. He was always in a place to DO something that would show love for people. Whether it was gentle loving like healing the leprous man or a more tough love like calling out the woman at the well for her bad relationship choices, Jesus was acting out love.
So what does that look like for us today? It looks like an everyday decision to make love a priority. We live in a fast paced world that tries to steal away simple things like making time to love our spouses, friends, family and even the rude cashier at the grocery store. What Jesus displayed was love in action when the person was desperate for it and when they didn’t realize they needed it.
Let’s take a second to think about a few people that we can intentionally love more… I know that I can walk our dog more so that my Husband doesn’t have to and I can surely get better at responding to my friends’ texts and let them know that I care. And even more, I can choose love for the people that have hurt me as the ultimate example of Jesus-like “love does.”
1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
When you chose to love someone, you’re not only choosing to live out the greatest example of Jesus, but you’re also filling a deep need for people. So many people just need to know that they are not alone and that they matter. The verse in 1 Peter tells us that when we love each other, love covers the weight of sin. You could be the only love that person received that day and that is what Jesus was all about – Giving love freely so that people could find grace.
So the next time someone pops into your head or you meet an extra grumpy stranger, just remember that “love does,” and God wants to use you to show them that!