Week 4 – Loving people I do not know, well: Introduction
The idea of loving people I do not know, well, seems far-fetched. Isn’t knowledge and a relationship necessary for loving well? But, within me, I sense this truth, “I can behave in loving ways without feeling love.” And I see that, of all the ways of loving well that I have reflected on in this 31 Days of Loving Well series, this one, “Loving people I do not know well,” highlights the fact that love is a decision. But, while it is true that I can behave in loving ways without feeling love, I cannot do so in my own strength. So I thank God for the truth of Philippians 2:13 (ISV), “For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him.”
The following question was posted on the boyslife.org website, “I have a lantern that has a removable glass covering, and it has soot all over it. How can I get it off?” The answer is to wash it with soapy water. The last sentence in the answer states, “New lantern or old though, a clean globe will improve the brightness of your lantern …” And, as I think of the light of God within me, and allowing His light to be visible in me, I recognize the need to keep the “globe” of my life, so to speak, clean. And I do so by allowing my life to be washed in the water of the Word. Allowing His light to be visible in me, is one way I can love (behave in a loving manner to) those I do not know, well.