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Love in Deed: Find Meaning and Bless Others

1 John 3:18

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Dear beloved, let us focus on leading a meaningful life and being a blessing to others. We are all on a journey, a journey that is not just about our own lives, but also about how we can impact those around us positively. In the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ himself gives us a blueprint for a meaningful life.

In Matthew 22:37-39, He says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'" These two commandments encapsulate the essence of a meaningful life.


Loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind means putting Him first in everything we do. It means seeking His guidance in our decisions, living according to His principles, and striving to please Him in all our actions. It is in this relationship with God, this deep and personal connection, that we find the true meaning of life.


The second commandment, to love our neighbour as ourselves, speaks of the importance of our relationships with others. We are called not just to love those who are easy to love, but to love everyone, regardless of their status, their actions, or their beliefs. This is not always easy, but it is a crucial part of leading a meaningful life.


Being a blessing to others extends this love. It means using the gifts and resources God has given us to help others, to uplift them, to encourage them, and to show them God's love in practical ways. This can be as simple as a kind word or a helping hand, or it can involve significant sacrifices of time, money, or resources.


We are not all called to do great things, but we can all do small things with great love. Mother Teresa once said, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." This is the heart of being a blessing to others. It is not about grand gestures or impressive deeds; it is about love, kindness, and generosity in our everyday interactions.


So, how can we apply these principles in our lives? Here are a few practical steps as a starting point:


1. Spend time with God: Take time each day to read the Bible, pray, and seek God's guidance. This will help you grow in your relationship with Him and to understand His will for your life.


2. Show love to others: Look for opportunities to show love to the people around you. This could be your family, your friends, your colleagues, or even strangers. Remember, love is not just a feeling; it is an action.


3. Be generous: Look for ways to use the resources God has given you to bless others. This could be your time, your talents, or your money. Generosity is a powerful way to show God's love to others.


4. Serve others: Look for opportunities to serve others, both within your church and in your wider community. Service is a practical way to show love and to be a blessing to others.


5. Encourage others: Look for ways to uplift and encourage others. A kind word, a listening ear, or a supportive presence can make a tremendous difference in someone's life.


In conclusion, leading a meaningful life and being a blessing to others is not about achieving great things or attaining worldly success. It is about loving God, loving others, and using what God has given us to bless those around us. This is the path to a truly meaningful life, a life that reflects the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May God guide us and strengthen us as we strive to lead meaningful lives and to be a blessing to others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.