Love Love Love! We know we should cos Jesus told us to do it. But how do we do it? We use the excuse that it’s hard to love and sometimes it is. Is it always? Or do we just need to change the way we think? Jesus modelled the love of God by being about the Father’s business, which is to bring His kingdom here on earth today. Glimpses of the way God intended the world to be, without pain and brokenness, are possible today as we show His love to one another. We really have so many opportunities to show this love, how can we put them into practice?
Here’s a few examples:
Over the summer we sent a text advertising the Love Ware:Live Ware events to our CAP* clients. It was lovely to receive texts back asking if it was ok for the clients to bring their families, or even just saying thanks for the invitation. They felt loved that we’d remembered them and cared. By the time you read this, we will have had a coffee, cake and giveaway morning which again, via a simple text invitation made our clients feel valuable, included and loved.
I bumped into a former client who went debt free a while ago and her daughter asked me if this Christmas she could help with the hampers that we give to our clients. I was delighted to be able to say yes and she’s going to be part of the hamper team! We have loved and blessed her and she is now wanting to love and bless others by helping out.
It’s often the simple things. Taking the time to be a supporter to a CAP client is a privilege and a joy and seeing some clients getting to know Jesus and the way they have moved on in their life is absolutely wonderful to witness.
As we enter the new academic year, where new things are beginning and old things resume how do we love bigger and better? Mostly by having open eyes and ears to what is going on around us. By extending a hand of friendship to others, particularly those who feel weak and vulnerable. And by praying that God’s kingdom would break into the here and now and that His will would be done here on earth just as it is in heaven.
We have a God of peace and a God who encourages us, so how can we do the same to others, not just to CAP clients, but to each and every one of us?
Heather Hookway & Sam Rich
*CAP is short for Christians Against Poverty. Christ Church partners with CAP in running a debt centre, making free debt counselling available to our local community, because we are passionate about seeing people free from the chains of debt. If you or someone else you know are struggling with unmanageable debt, phone 0800 3280006 for an appointment.Tags: CAP, Magazine