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5 Ways to Show the Love of Christ

As ambassadors for Christ we are called to show the love of Christ. Love can be hard when you come across someone who seems unlovable. They may have harsh words when they speak to you, or they may do things that hurt your feelings and you wonder how you can love this person. It can also be hard when you’re having a bad day. Our self-centered nature makes it hard to love others when our circumstances are down.

6 ways to show Christ's love every day

The good news is if God can love you and me with all of our short comings, and issues, we can ask him to help us love others the same way. It will not always feel good because it will be a struggle to overcome the selfish nature we have to automatically protect ourselves and to retaliate.

1. Show kindness regardless of the situation

No one said it would be easy to show the love of Christ. We are not focusing on the easy to love but those seemingly unlovable people who you run into time after time. Make a decision in your head and heart that you will show that person the love of God through kindness regardless of their reaction. Do this enough times and you will begin to see the power of love in action. Slowly that cold barrier will start to dissolve.

2. Be deliberate about loving others in your actions and words

Once you decide how you will do this, the actual love acts will become easier and you will begin to feel joy about how you are positively impacting others for Christ. When you leave the house ask God to show you who you can bless.

  • Pay a stranger’s lunch bill
  • Give the waitress and extra tip
  • Compliment the cashier
  • Pray with the mom struggling with 3 unruly kids
  • Hold open the door for the man in the wheelchair
  • Compliment your kids when they help out
  • Tell your husband how much you appreciate his hard work
  • Take a homeless man a gift bag of water, small storage containers and personal hygiene items in a new backpack
  • Bake cookies, bread or lasagna for your neighbor

Show the love of Christ through our words and actions not only blesses others it blesses us as well.

3. Give others your time

Take time to get to know your neighbors, the homeless man on the corner or the homosexual coworker int he next cube. Give them the gift of your time and your presence. Build a relationship with them. Jesus did not ignore the sins of the people nor did he focus only on the sin ignoring the spirit and soul behind the sin. When we give the gift of our time and our presence they will begin to see our authenticity which is Christ in us.

4. Being slow to anger

There are times when you may be tired and not have much patience, but remember that God shows us mercy every day and we need to do the same for our brothers and sisters.

Feelings of anger aren’t sin it’s when we act out in anger in nonconstructive, damaging ways. We can resolve conflicts without resorting to anger.

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. ~ Proverbs 14:29

5. Practice forgiveness

Protect your relationships from the enemy by being willing to forgive and really forget if another has offended you. This can be challenging when someone close to you hurts you but you can forgive with God’s help. This not only shows God’s love, but it strengthens our connections as the body of Christ.

Forgetting removes your right to harbor anger and bitterness. It does not mean you don’t set up boundaries and safeguards.

Forgiving doesn’t take away the hurt but it is the first step in your healing. It’s been said that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. When we forgive we release ourselves and hand over the other person to God.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

6. Think of others before you think of yourself

Jesus was the greatest example of this by his death on the cross. We need to die to ourselves everyday as a witness to the love of Christ on this earth. As we walk in love we think of others first in the practical ways like pour someone else’s coffee before our own, opening doors or giving up your set to another. We also put others first when we think of their emotions, spiritual battles and backstory when we’re dealing with them.

Do you really know how to show the love of Christ

Keep trying to show the love of Christ to everyone you know and everyone you meet. Think of ways you can change someone’s life though an act of love. Love is powerful, give it freely and often.

How do you show the love of Christ to those in your life?

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this post! So many seemly simply examples of Christ’s love, yet harder to put into practice in the moment at times. I think another way Christ showed love, was as an example. When I think of the people I really respect in my life, and those who didn’t berate me, but simply showed me an alternative way to handle things, I felt like it was a kindness few had the bravery to lovingly model. In my darkest hours my “friends” cheered me on, yet were no where to be found in the aftermath. I don’t usually to have the boldness of Christ to show love in such a manner….your excellent list is certainly enough to keep me busy for the time being. Thank you for these suggestions and scripture references! 🙂

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