Loving Others is Fruitful

Written by: Paige Leicht

About two years ago, my husband and I moved into a new home. If you’ve moved before, you know it’s a lot of work. You’ve got the unboxing, the putting away, the furniture placing, and then the decorating. For me, I like the decorating, but it also takes me time to commit to what I like and where I like it. But amidst all my inability to be decisive on decorating, there was one thing that kept coming to mind that I knew I had to have in my home…It was the words Love God Love Others.

I wanted to stand in my kitchen and do my dishes looking up at those words; I wanted to parent my kids with those words on my heart; I wanted to start and end each day knowing what God created me to do. And so, if you come into my house today, you’ll see those words sitting on a shelf, just across from my kitchen, reminding me of my purpose each day.

“16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:16-17

See, God has innately created us to love others. He designed us, He formed us, and He appointed us for the purpose of bringing Glory to Him through loving others.

Loving others can feel hard when our own lives already carry so many responsibilities. Whether that’s going to work each day, caring for children, or being retired… life still has bills to pay, chores to do, and schedules to manage. That’s ok! God knows we need to take care of these things. But He also knows that loving others looks like living our everyday lives, but with an added awareness and intentionality.

Loving others looks like opening our eyes to the needs around us.

Loving others looks like listening and hearing what people are saying.

Loving others looks like using our words for good.

Loving others looks like lending a hand to help.

But, the best way for us to love others is by loving God first. When our lives are in tune with God, we understand more clearly what He is asking us to do. We feel the Holy Spirit urging us to act in different situations, and we’re filled with fruit.

John 15:4 says, “4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

When we’re seeking God, He equips us with all the tools we need to love the people around us. Today, think intentional. Who is God opening your eyes to? Who in your life needs a word of encouragement? And who needs you to show up with a helping hand?

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