‘Let us love one another, for love is of God.’ 1 John 4:7 NKJV
Mary Martin was a great Broadway musical star. One evening as she was about to go on stage in South Pacific, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein who had written the lyrics for that musical. He had written it to her from his deathbed: ‘Dear Mary, a bell’s not a bell till you ring it. A song’s not a song until you sing it. Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.’ After her performance some people rushed backstage, exclaiming, ‘Mary, what happened to you out there tonight? We have never heard anything like that performance! You sang with more power than you’ve ever sung!’ Blinking back tears, Mary read them the note and said, ‘Tonight, I gave my love away!’
The poorest person in the world has something to give others: love from their heart. Love’s gifts take many forms—a smile, a hug, a gift, a note of thanks, a hand up, and just being there in tough times. Love is the one gift that always fits, is always appropriate, and always in season.
Jesus said, ‘By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (John 13:35 NKJV) John wrote, ‘Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.’ So, today and every day, give your love away.
SoulFood: Col 3–4, Philem, Mark 11:12–26, Ps 78:17–31, Prov 23:26–28
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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