What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
No matter where you fall on the Laura-Sue spectrum, here’s one simple way to give His love away: Bake cookies. Bring them to work (or have your husband bring them to work), drop them off at your church’s office, share them with your neighbors, your child’s teachers, or the new people you met at church. You could invite someone over to share them, or wrap up a few and give them away as gifts this Valentine’s day. It’s a sweet way to let others know you love them without, you know, having to shout it from the rooftops.