This week’s devotion is written by one of our incredible team members, Nick Wirwa. He and his amazing wife, Mary Helen, joined the BFR family back in 2012 and continue to serve through sponsoring 2 incredible kids in Uganda. We hope that you are encouraged by his words this week.
Love is a Verb
By: Nick Wirwa
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The most famous verse in the Bible is God telling us what He did for us and how much He loves us! Actually the entire Bible is one love story of how God created us and as our Heavenly father, Him showing us how much He loves us. We see God’s grace, mercy, and love towards us through many testimonies and events in the Bible, through giving Abraham a nation, through giving Moses’ authority and power against Pharaoh, through saving the Israelites and bringing them into the Holy land, through making David king and giving him great power, and finally sending His son, Jesus, to experience earth and eventually die for us so that we can be with Him for eternity.
I have learned in my marriage that after much of the romance is lost in the daily grind, and the energy put into flirting is turned into trying to get enough energy to unload the dishwasher, and the sparkle has lost its shine, that my love for her persists through all of that. This is when I realized that “love” is an action, a verb. It is something that we have to seek to do and something that has to be intentional. “In love” is much different than “loving” someone. Being “in love” is a feeling and “loving” someone is an action. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:25, that we should love our wives as Christ loved the church, that He gave up His life for her. That is love, when we have to sacrifice something great and of value to us for someone else. Just as Christ showed us how to love, we have to love our families and others, laying down our priorities, possessions, and lives for them.
Put into action: We can show God’s love to others in many ways by giving money, time, and of ourselves. Christianity is the only religion that is based on love. Other religions base their principles on works, being good, or pleasing many gods. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that works, prophesy, and giving are worthless unless we do them in love. Humanitarianism is great but it is mostly based on works. Serving others through love is what Christ has called us to do. I challenge you today to take the love of Christ you have experienced and show others through giving, serving, and sharing with those who do not know that amazing love!