He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:8
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
As I write this, I have a few different thoughts to how to apply this to my life. Some of the ways I have, some I have not, or not done so well. I doubt I am alone. Part of my thought, is with the hope that someone reading will understand the value of those they love. Another hope is that by living like there is no tomorrow, you will live this day to its fullest, by loving God, your family, friends and self. Because, without love, there is no life.
I love both my parents in less than a year. It was devastating. I had, at times, not been the best son. Although, I do believe the last several years of their lives I had been more as I should have always been with them. I wasn’t ever a really bad son, just not a good one. As I sat in the hospital room with them though, as they were slipping from me to a much better place for them, I had regrets for not being a better son long before. Words spoken harshly, anger for reasons, heartache, bitterness. This is, I suspect, true of all people, they at times are at odds with their parents, talk back, ignore their words, sometimes fail to just pick up a phone and call. So many regrets for wrong actions and more for the right things not done. I lost them both in a short time, I was hurting, upset as most are with such losses. I learned from that, to love those you love as well as you can, take no moment for granted. This can be immediate family, children, relatives, dear friends. LOVE THEM LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW. Through death and other ways one loses those dear to them. I have in a lot of ways over the years. Once they are gone, some cannot come back, they are with Christ. Others, may or may not, but there can always be hope that whatever happened can be corrected, you just have to trust in God to help.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
Now, this verse says if I seek God, the other things will come to me. I mentioned in an earlier post that now I see that taken in context, this means the things more than He will give me what I want, it means that if I truly seek God, what I want after finding Him and trying to get the heart and mind of Christ will be what He gives me. My wants will, and in many ways have, changed. That doesn’t mean He won’t deny you things you want, but understand, the wants of man are not the wants of a man with the mind of Christ.
Regardless of how a loss occurs, there is a chasm that is hard to fill. It is easier if, before the loss occurs, one loves the other with every bit of their being to the best of their ability. Love your family, friends, each other, like you will never see them again. I have lost so many to death and other ways. I miss them all. I hope that I have loved them well when I could. I hope the love I received was the best they had as well.
Now, we also need to love God like there is no tomorrow. While once we are deceased, we will be with Him for eternity. However, we that are left behind for a time find, or at least I did, that the love I have had for those lost stayed with me. In the event of losing someone still living loving them the best you can will give you the comfort that you did so. But, we don’t know if we will lose suddenly lose someone so, love them all you can while you can. Treat each word, each moment, each interaction like it is the last, it may well be exactly that. Do not take that chance of not being able to speak to them again without telling them how you feel. Show them with your actions.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2
Yes, the Lord can take a loved one away in the blink of eye. Don’t carry hurt and regret for the last words or actions not showing your feelings.
The main reason to love Christ so well now, is that by doing so, we bear witness to the world of the power of His love for us, and the love He gives us to give back. When we love Him others see. They often realize that they see something they are missing. That gives Jesus the chance to do for them what He has done for me. We glorify God by loving Him, and the better we love Him, the more we glorify Him.
Please, to any reader, LOVE and LIVE like there is no tomorrow. Don’t hold even a tiny bit of love back. Don’t forget, no matter what, the last time you last saw a loved one may have been THE last. Don’t live for tomorrow. Don’t love for tomorrow. Treat any time you see them like it will be the last. The sad reality is that one day that will be the truth.
Thank you for joining me today. May God bless and keep you all and teach you how to love others as He loves us. Please, feel free to share as you feel He leads you.
Lord, I praise your great and mighty name, I give you the glory for being the Creator. I pray you continue to speak to me, show me how I may love YOU better, to better glorify you and serve you. Teach me how to love my family and friends with a love that comes from you. That I love them in spite of any hurt or anger, that I have a loving and forgiving spirit and that they do the same. I pray you speak to the hearts of those that are feeling the loss of loved ones, for whatever reason, that you comfort them in their sorrows. If there is a chance of the love returning, I pray you work on the hearts of those involved and bring them back together and into your arms. Lord, I pray you teach me to love myself and forgive myself for any guilt I feel about failing to love others better before. I ask you to guide my thoughts and words. I also continue to pray that you work on the hearts and souls of my children, loved ones, others to draw them closer to you.