True love is found in God and fulfilled in sharing with others. We can take action for the good of others, out of this love.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.” Romans 14:17
“Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for in its welfare you will find your own welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
“I will make a covenant of peace with my people.” Ezekiel 34:25 Good Shepherd John 10
“Josiah had plenty to eat and drink. But he was just and right in all his dealings. That is why God blessed him. He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” Jeremiah 22:15-16
“Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:37-40
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:11
“Help those in need by working hard,” Acts 20:35 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Ephesians 4:28
Our personal identity, our purpose and our vocation can be directly connected with the Kingdom of God. We should look for (and pursue) ways in which our lives may serve God’s purpose. Serving the needs of others can bring the peace of the Kingdom of God. With a Jesus-kind-of-love we can work for God’s purpose and the peace of our city.
From a love motive, take action for the good of others.
1. Pray – ask God for wisdom and guidance.
2. Identify – what opportunities are in front of me?
3. Plan – what is God asking me to do?
4. Take 1 step – do something about it.
5. Share – tell someone else about it.