As a single person, I have noticed how tempting it is to become selfish and not invest in anyone else except me, myself and I. With no spouse and children to require our attention and service, we may not notice when we are becoming self-centered. It’s easy to spend all my time, money and resources on myself. There is nothing wrong with that because the Bible says to love others as we love ourselves; however, our lives were meant to be an overflow of God’s goodness to others.
It’s also tempting to wait for that one special person to pour all our love to. We dream of all the special things we will do for them and hopefully, they will do for us. However, we should not hold out on loving the ones right under our nose. These include but are not limited to family, extended family, church family, friends, coworkers, neighbors etc. Yes your future spouse is special, but guess what? So is the person right under your nose. They too are special to God. Could God have placed them on your path so you can love them? There are seeds of love inside each heart, just waiting to be planted.
There are many ways to show love to the people God has placed on our paths. We need not wait until a spouse or romantic partner is in our lives in order to release the love.
- Pray: Pray for the people in your lives and their various needs. They don’t even have to know you are praying for them.
- Serve: There are a million ways to serve. Cook a meal for your friends. Serve at your church family. Babysit..
- Give your time: Give your time listening to someone pour out their heart, give your time encouraging them. Visit a children’s home or a prison. Most churches have these opportunities. Give your time simply being there.
- Give your resources: Go ahead and throw a birthday party for a friend. Give generously to the work of God. Host a Bible study in your house.
As you plant love in others, it will come back to you. The principle of sowing and reaping never fails. Plus it’s a good way to practice being a blessing to your future spouse.
- 2Cor 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
- 2Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
- Rom 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.
- Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
- 1Pet 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
- 1Pet 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
- 1Pet 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
- 1Pet 4:11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Who needs your love today? Where do you need to plant your seed of love? Go ahead and do it.
Grace and Peace,