Love in Action (3)

Luke 7:11-15 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
What an amazing Act of love Jesus demonstrated to this mother. We can only imagine the emotional pain she was experiencing because of the death of her only son. To compound the challenge, she was a widow and her son was the means of her financial well-being. Jesus saw her, felt her pain, and did what was necessary to change the situation from defeat to victory, from sorrow to Joy.
Jesus was moved with compassion to turn the widow’s mourning to dancing. This is what love does. Love considers others more important than themselves. Jesus was a “make everybody’s day a great day,” kind of person. God was in Christ Jesus loving hurting humanity.
In this life we will face challenges, but God loves us and he is aware of everything we go through. He is moved, as Jesus was for this Widow, to do something to turn your situation around. His love is always expressed in the acts he does for us. God is doing something right now for you to win in life. You may not be aware of it, but God is working it out because he loves you and wants you to proclaim his love to the hurting people in this world.
Hurting people are everywhere: in your family, at your workplace, your neighbors, at school, and everywhere we are. Take time to be a “make someone’s day a great day” person like Jesus. You are the one Jesus Christ can count on to spread his love to others.
Prayer- Father, you are amazing. I read your word and see how much you love us through the works Jesus did. I purpose to allow Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to love through me. I see hurting people everyday and everywhere. Help me not to be so involved in my little world that I don’t take time to love others as you love me. Amen.