Love Takes Action

Love Takes Action
I had a somewhat disturbing dream this morning. I was with my little girl at a bank. I had several papers in my hand. Heidi’s hands were full too. As we waited in line, she would ask me to help hold items that required less of her attention. That’s when I noticed she had brought her mom’s makeup case. I saw her set it on the floor as we moved to the counter. I was about to tell her to pick it back up when the lady behind the counter asked what she could do to help me. I had a stack of cash in my hand with other papers and receipts. I fumbled through the mess as I sorted out the cash to deposit. Scanning the bills, I said it looked like thirty-five dollars. When I looked back down to check on my girl she was not there. I looked around and found she had moved over to the other side of me where there were some stuffed animals. I was relieved she had not wandered far. With the transaction finished, I called for her to grab her things and come with me. As we passed through the door, exiting the building, I checked to see that my companion was in tow. I could see that the makeup case was missing. My anxiety went through the roof!
Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. (Romans 13:10 NLT)
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15 NKJV)
My wife had taken an old case and renewed it by redesigning and redecorating the interior. Now, Heidi and I, had lost it. We quickly returned to the place it had last been seen. As we searched for the case, we did not consider it improper to be on our hands and knees, crawling around, and looking under things. I was desperate to keep my wife from feeling loss, and just as eager to keep Heidi and I out of hot water. When I asked the lady for assistance she commented that she had not seen anything and couldn’t stop to help. Hmmm! Hadn’t she asked what she could do to help just moments ago? I was a little upset that no one seemed to care, and was becoming more upset at the thought that someone may have taken it. We looked and looked and kept looking.
Then God showed me; we remain an unaffected bystander without LOVE.
“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (Luke 6:32-35 NKJV)
God is LOVE! God The Father was in The Son, with The Holy Spirit seeking the lost.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. (1 John 4:18 NLT)
It is love for my family that compelled me to action. Love removed fear of embarrassment, as we crawled around the floor. Love broke the chains of polite reserve that might prevent me from asking strangers for help.
Love Takes Action!

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