"Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds." (Hebrews 10:24 NCV)
We love it when people are mindful of us and further motivated to act in a thoughtful manner, but many times this love flows only one way. Either it flows only through us to others without reciprocation or it flows to us from others without reciprocation and in both cases this is not right. I'm not saying that we should only do good when we are sure it will be reciprocated, but I believe that true Christian fellowship is an exchange of love from one believer to another. It's a cycle that never stops.
As a matter of fact, Galatians 5:6 teaches that our faith is evidenced by the love that we demonstrate. I know that many people have the misconception that true faith is evidenced by miracles, but always remember that the faith which connects us to the power of God is meaningless if it's not evidenced by the love of God, also. Just read 1 Corinthians 13 and you'll see just that. If you love more I guarantee that you'll see the miraculous on a more frequent basis. Our consistent demonstration of the God-kind of love helps to promote healthy spiritual growth and relationships that's why we are told that "Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light and will not cause anyone to stumble in his faith(1 John 2:10 NCV)." If you attend a church where no one appears to be growing spiritually and the manifestation of the spiritual gifts is not a regular occurrence then most likely there is a love issue.
Today, make the decision to consistently walk in love. Love not because of what you think you can get out of it, but love simply because it's the godly thing to do. God's love demonstrated through you has the ability to make someone's day. Make it your goal to positively impact someone's day because God will get a lot of glory out of that. As Frederic Ozanam once said, "Christianity is not about ideas but about deeds inspired by love."
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.