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LOVELast night before retiring for the night, I came across some very heartwarming Internet posts of various people mentioning a sick family member, a dear loved one who had died, and themselves personally dealing with an illness.  Some of them asked that they be kept in the prayers of the ones reading their posts.  After writing my own well wishes to some and uttering prayers for them, I took a moment to read some of the words of encouragement others had shared–and I was truly touched.  So many people were responding to the cries for help of their fellowman.  When I woke up  this morning, I was still thinking about it–and that is why I was prompted to write this post.

Why is it that whenever we know or sense that another human being is in need of personal attention due to some situation or crisis in their lives, we are immediately moved to take action and try to come to their aid?  Why do we have the capacity to show love in this way?  The short answer to both questions is:  We are made in God’s image, and God is love.  (Genesis 1:26; 1 John 4:8)

MOM KISSING BABYActually, before we are even born, while still inside our mother’s womb, we are being taught toGIRL HUGGING CAT love by our parents.  Some parents talk, sing, and read to their baby while it is still growing inside the mother.  And when the child is finally born, it then learns from the parents’ example (and the example of others) and eventually begins to express love and affection.

No matter how young or old we are, we all have the capacity and ability to show love in some shape, form or fashion–and all because it started with our Heavenly Creator.  And just as He loves us, He wants us to love one another.  (John 13:34)

BRIDE & GROOM HUGGINGAs always, this is from my heart to yours.



(Photos-Courtesy of Clip Art)


4 thoughts on “OUR CAPACITY TO LOVE

  1. I, in reflecting on the text at John 13:14 &15, thought about how we as humans need one another too. I looked at it from the perspective of being able to give reminders, counsel and encouragement to one another. I too felt it is due to love on God’s part that we were created to give such support to one another. I love reading/hearing/watching real life experiences and autobiographies because you never know when something someone says may strike a chord with you. Someone can encourage, counsel or give you advice just by something they say and never know it or what you were going through. I think people should share their experiences more instead of acting as if they have no past or never made a bad decision. These often teach us valuable lessons and lead to personal growth. 1 Peter 5:9 tells us the entire association of brothers are suffering. If we don’t share our stories then those suffering feel they are the only ones. That is very discouraging and can cause a person to wonder if they are doing something wrong or are more so imperfect thus have more problems. We know that is wrong thinking and can be quite the opposite but it happens. When we share, we do so with the hope that others will rally to our aid. As you stated people do respond as a reflection of God’s love. 1 John 4:8


    • Thank you so much for those stirring comments! You touched on so many wonderful points: how we need one another (whether we want to admit it or not), reading and listening to the experiences of others because we can learn from them, sharing our own experiences instead of acting like we’ve never made mistakes, and how we’re all suffering, and if we don’t share our stories, other people will feel they’re alone in their own sufferings. You basically summed up our capacity to love in a nutshell that encompasses so many things too numerous to mention! Please continue to share your uplifting thoughts because we never know when the right persons will read them at the right time. 🙂


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