What Love Looks Like

A couple in our Sunday school class needed help.  They’d been out of work for nearly a year, struggling to find jobs and keep their house.  But after months of being unable to make the payments, they were summoned to court where they were told to leave their home within two days.

The next morning, he was rushed to urgent care with chest pains.  And their dog (whom they’d rescued from a snowdrift fifteen years ago) became so horribly ill, they realized they needed to put him to sleep.

So about twenty people from our Sunday School class showed up at their house while they sat at urgent care and their son took their beloved pet to the clinic.  Within a few hours, most of their belongings were packed and guys started bringing their trucks around to haul everything to their new place.

Problem: their new place was not available for another week.  So their belongings were taken to the church basement, and the next weekend, some of the same people from our class showed up with their trucks again to move everything from the church basement to their new, smaller rental house.

Several families made meals to stash in their freezer.  Others contributed money for groceries.  All contributed prayers.

This is what love looks like: a bunch of people in old jeans and grubby t-shirts and great big trucks, working and laughing and praying together.

“Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18


3 thoughts on “What Love Looks Like

  1. Yes, Lord, thank you for making us a Body, where feet run, hands lift, arms hold, eyes weep and heart break. Thank you, Lord, that your true church is a church “in-deed.”

    Bless you for this post. Bless you, body of Christ, because I know if this had been me (and it could be any day), I would have your arms, hands, feet and heart as well…

  2. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jn. 13:35) Thanks for the reminder that our love must have feet to it! Genuine love is one of our best witnesses to others.

  3. It brings to mind the song by Casting Crowns:

    But if we are the body
    Why aren’t His arms reaching?
    Why aren’t His hands healing?
    Why aren’t His words teaching?
    And if we are the body
    Why aren’t His feet going?
    Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
    There is a way

    Thank God for your body of believers that did the opposite of this song and showed what a church is supposed to look like.

    Love it.

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