I love you.Why do I love you? Why do I want to help you when you are hurting? Why do I care?
I was asked this recently and sadly I didn’t know what to say in response. I wanted to, but I thought I should really think about this first.
I learned a sense of kindness and compassion from my own parent’s example as they raised me. In turn, they may have also learned from their own parents and on down through the generations the same. I am so thankful for their example and I try to do the same with my own children. It is not always a conscious choice to be kind or loving. Sometimes it just comes naturally because of what has already been instilled in me from birth.
Then there are those times that I have to make a choice to be kind or loving when someone displays just the opposite. Many children know the golden rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This rule comes straight out of the Holy Bible in the words of Jesus
“therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them…” Matthew 7:12
Jesus Christ demonstrated this perfectly on every occasion and as a follower of Jesus Christ I am compelled to try to do the same.
So why do I love you? There are many reasons; because I’ve been taught to love others, because you appreciate my love, because the love of Christ is the ultimate picture of sacrificial love in 2 Cor.5
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
You can read all about the love of Christ in the gospels and enjoy living for “Him who died for you” and loving others along with me!
Contributed by: Tracey Richardson