I Was Made to Pay God’s Love Forward // 我是為了傳揚神的愛而活的
“Love” does not need a complicated definition, here’s how this brother shares God’s love!
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
In this generation, wherever there are people, there will always be someone who is being excluded.
I have a friend who could not feel any love in his high school life because all his classmates were excluding him. He was not good at building friendships, and his friends excluded him because he didn’t know how to interact with others. He had endured harsh words and witnessed indifference but he had never experienced love before.
What I could do was to share God’s love with him.
Many people have pondered what it means to share love. “Love” does not need a complicated definition. “Love” is expressing care and to lead those who do not feel loved out of the shadow, so that they can experience God’s love. We should love God with all our hearts, our minds and our everything, but at the same time, we should also love our neighbors. Sharing love can be very simple. You could enjoy a meal with him or you could call to say hi and try to understand the difficulties he is facing. You could even pray for him… everything originates from love. When we love, we can open the window of his heart so that he can feel God’s real love.
When we exhaust our ideas about how to love, please remember, God is the origin of love!
Before I saw God with my own eyes, I was nothing but a rebellious middle school student who did not get along with my family. I had pretty decent grades when I was in elementary school but once I started middle school, my grades went downhill … my report card was full of F’s and I wasn’t getting along with my family, so I was reluctant to go home and often went home very late at night. The result was that I made a lot of “bad friends” and I started swearing and stealing.
There was an academic mentorship program in school for year 7 students who had poor grades. I was obviously one of the students enrolled in this program. In each revision class, there were three year 7 students and one year 13 student who just finished the public exams. Every time I saw that upperclassman, he was always very active and enthusiastic and definitely friendlier and more approachable than the upperclassman I envisioned in my mind. More surprisingly, he was the one who helped me to improve my grades and also the one who led me to feel God’s love!
The summer of 2007 was a life-changing period of time for me.
This upperclassman brought me to his church’s summer camp and one of the sermons was about “family relationship”. “God loves us. He loves us not only through words. He proves His love to us through action. This is the same with our families. Even though they might not know how to express love, they love through their actions.” As I was listening to the pastor, I began to weep. It was like God telling me, “I love you, so I asked the upperclassman to bring you here!”
I thought to myself, “That’s right. God really loves me, otherwise, I wouldn’t have a healthy family, a family that does not use words but actions to express love. Moreover, God further blessed me by the guiding the hands of the upperclassman in leading me to experience the amazing God!”
On the night of 25 July 2007, I decided to give my life to Jesus. This decision was not only because I felt God’s love. It was also because I wanted more people to be able to feel this love.
I am now serving in a small group at church, where I could care for more people, leading them to really feel God’s love.
There is always room for a little more love!