“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are may in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” – Mother Teresa, (A Simple Path: Mother Teresa)
If the love of the Lord reigns supreme in our lives… it can’t help but show in our lives and flow in our attitudes and actions. Is His love perfected in you? Only Christ can love perfectly, as we know – but making it a priority to love like He does is important.
The other day I heard my husband knocking on our front door with a sense of urgency. I was confused because the door was obviously unlocked, so why was he asking me to let him in? I grabbed the door knob and pulled… to no avail. The door was stuck! No matter what I did, the door would not open. Once he came in the house through the garage door, he started working on the door with graphite.
Just as the graphite fixed the front door so it would work properly again… God’s love perfected in our hearts, minds and lives is what shows a lost and dying world the Savior – and that the love they desperately seek in all the wrong places can be found – in Christ. As Mother Teresa reminds us… people are lonely, desperate and feel hopeless much of the time.
If we stay connected with God in the way we should – and make an effort to connect with others with the graphite that is God’s perfect love… what a difference we can make in this hungry world. Without that graphite, the door of your heart can get stuck and the world doesn’t see the love of God in you. As Christians, we need to show folks where love – real love – God’s love – His eternal hope, peace, and presence – can be found… at the foot of the cross.
We all have a heart hunger – and some look for the love they need in the wrong places. I won’t review all the ways people seek love in this world… but there is a cross-shaped hole in every heart, and that place can only be filled with this one piece of the puzzle. The cross-shaped piece, shown to the world by one who shares with His perfect love.
The cross of Christ reminds us that Jesus showed perfect love to all of us. His perfect love in our hearts and minds is what helps us to show true compassion for one another. Instead of hammering a brother or sister, try expressing your point of view with love and kindness. My mom used to say you get more flies with honey… that’s not from the Bible – well, it’s not a direct quote from there anyway – but it’s a good precept to keep in mind. 🙂