Love. It’s an overused word. We love everything from Peanut Buster Parfaits to our best friend.
Love is overused and perhaps underrated – and definitely underutilized.
The Face Of A Dying Man
Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is one of the outstanding psychiatrists in the world. She meets with AIDS patients who are dying. Dr. Kubler-Ross couldn’t help but notice the face of a man who would attract anyone.
He had disintegrated with the disease to the point of having holes in his face. She glanced over at him and instead of being in despair he was radiant. She kept noticing him as she talked and tried to encourage these young men.
Finally she said to him: “I wish you would wait a few moments. I want to ask what on earth has happened to you.”
The Power of Love
“Recently, I have wanted to see my family. Last week I called home and my mother answered. I said, ‘Mom, I’m a sick man. I would like very much to come home.’
She said, ‘We’d love to see you.’
When I came up to the door and she opened it, she must have been shocked at my face; but if she was shocked, it didn’t register. She simply threw her arms around me and told me how much she loved me.
You know, everyone should have a moment of unconditional love. I had that moment, and I’m now ready to die.”
The Best Medicine
“Love is the best medicine for the sickness of the world,” said Dr. Karl Menninger, an authority in the field of medicine and psychiatry.
He told his medical staff, “The most important thing you can offer a patient is love. For when people learn to give and receive love, they recover from most of their illnesses, whether physical or emotional.”
God Loves People
To be in the presence of even the meanest, lowest, most repulsive specimen of humanity is still to be closer to God than when looking up into a starry sky or at a beautiful sunset. For we cannot really love a sunset.
We can only love a person.
God is love and in coming to Him, we cannot escape coming through people.
14 Loving Ways To Treat People
1. Believe the best in others
2. Refuse to gossip
3. Reject being judgmental
5. Be patient
7. Put the toilet seat down after use
8. Tell others about Jesus.
9. Cherish your wife
10. Respect your husband
11. Discipline your children
12. Err on the side of mercy
13. Don’t provoke your children
14. Show up.
Unconditional To The End
“Love isn’t always “me first,”
Love doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.” 1 Corinthians 13:5-7 (The Message)
APPLICATION: How have you been touched by love? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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