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24 December - Spread Some Love This Christmas

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Hatred paralyses life; Love releases it. Hatred confuses life; Love harmonises it. Hatred darkens life; Love illumines it.

Love it would be fair to say “makes the world go around”. Love makes us flourish; it gives us a future and our lives meaning. Love makes us healthier.

The greatest science in the world, in heaven and on earth, is love. And the most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved” (Mother Teresa)

But how often does our attention and thoughts get caught up in thinking about the opposite of Love and instead focus on negativity and the people who irritate us? Our minds and hearts can easily focus on the negative, annoying and even strange behaviour of others. We are filled with negativity and unlovely thoughts and emotions within a short time.

But what if we spend a moment every day thinking of someone to love? First thing in the morning, we asked ourselves and God the question, “Who can I love today? Who can I send some love to today?”

God said His Love in us never fails. That’s because His Love is so powerful. His Love frames the world and everything in it, and we are made with an immense capacity to love if we open our hearts.

God says, “Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no account of wrongs. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things,

believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

As you get up in the morning, I encourage you to think, “Who can I love” and keep thinking about that throughout the day. Instead of judging and getting annoyed, redirect your thoughts and hearts to love. Then your attention will be directed towards the positive as you consciously think and pray love focused. As a result, your mind will be geared towards love and the good in people and the world. I

As Mother Teresa said, “Spread Love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Today “Don’t waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbour; act as if you do”, For Love is not something you feel; it is something you do. (C.S. Lewis)

“If we have got the true love of God abroad in our hearts, we will show it in our lives. We will not have to go up and down the earth proclaiming it. We will show it in everything we say or do.” (Dwight Moody)

Prayer: Lord, would you please fill my heart up with your love today and then help me spread it around. In Jesus name Amen

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