©Joy Dunlap https://joydunlap.com
It’s tough out there. In the world.
Loneliness is increasing. Suicide rates are high. Close friendships are declining.
Love is the answer.
Love is the answer for the one who desperately needs someone to reach out.
Love is the answer for the grieving husband or wife whose partner has passed away.
Love is the answer for the one caring for a loved one whose memory is fading.
Love is the answer for the woman who feels unworthy, unvalued, unwelcome.
Love is the answer for the fearful and the judgmental; the word-slingers and the weary.
Love is the answer for the one stuck inside due to health concerns others may not understand.
Love is the answer for the heartbroken spouse turned caregiver who feels forgotten.
Love is the answer for the teenager or young adult who struggles to feel good enough.
Love is the answer for the weeping and the weary, the beleaguered and the bitter, the hungry and the hopeless.
Love is the answer for the one whose dreams of a marriage and lifelong partner didn’t happen.
Love is the answer for the baby in the womb whose mom is wrestling with choices.
Love is the answer for the homeless, the unemployed, and the defeated.
Love is the answer for those hungering and hunting for something to fill the emptiness.
Love is the answer for those guzzling from a bottle until it’s empty and finding they still are.
Love is the answer for the haggard, the hurting, and the heartbroken.
Love is the answer for the one who feels left behind, invisible or discarded.
Love is the answer for those seeking escape through a needle, a pill, or a person.
Love is the answer for those who grieve wrong choices and mistakes of the past.
Love is the answer for those who don’t know the mercy, peace and joy God offers.
Love is the answer for the one who yearns to be loved and doesn’t accept the greatest gift of Love readily available to all.
Love is the answer that changes the focus from me to we; and I to the “I AM.”
Love is the answer that lets us see the good in others and lets us experience the God of all.
Love is the answer.
How will you show love to connect with others today?
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:7-10 NIV
- When is a time someone outside of your family demonstrated compassionate, caring love for you?
- In what specific ways will you show God’s love to those you encounter outside your family this week?
- Which statements above caused you to think of someone in particular? Connect with them this week!
- If you are hungry and hurting for love right now, know this: you are loved. Read these three verses: Romans 8:38-39, John 3:6-17 and Deuteronomy 31:8. Reach out.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38 NIV
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