Love In Action

by Carrie Raab on September 22, 2011

(homeschool mom tweets, “Can this week get any harder?  Lord, please meet me here.  I need you.”)

Love In Action

This morning I read a tweet (twitter) from someone asking for prayer.  My heart was compelled to pray for her, even though I didn’t even know her.  This woman blessed me more than she will ever know.  She allowed my heart to go deeper and confirmed how vital we are to one another.  We are called to love one another.  That means to love deeply, love when it isn’t convenient, love and expect nothing in return.  Love builds up and doesn’t tear down.  Love covers a multitude of sins. We are called to pray for one another.  Lift one another up.  Hold up the other persons arms when they can’t carry or lift their own.

It shows the power of love and the power of prayer. 

Who knows how the rest of the day has gone for this sweet one.  Prayer is powerful!  Never underestimate the power of prayer!  Prayer changes things!  When we cry out for help, we know the Father is there in time of need.  However, it is still nice to know that “someone” is listening, someone hears you, someone cares, and someone will love you right where you are, no matter what! 

I think it is high time we take off our “masks” and be true to ourselves.  We might be fooling others, but we are not fooling God.  He knows our hearts, He knows our every thought, and we will be held accountable for every action.  I think it is time we be REAL, like this sweet woman was on twitter, who blasted it out so hundreds of people could see/read.  She had “no fear of man”, she was real, genuine, humble, and honest!  She was honest with God, she was honest with herself, and she cried out hoping someone would “listen.”  I am not wanting to over exaggerate the woman’s need, or misinterpret what she wrote on twitter, but I do know that you write from your heart and at “that moment” she needed LOVE.  

What would the world be like if we were known for our love for one another?

What would it be like if everywhere you went, you saw “love in action?”  What does that look like to you? 

To me, it  can look like any of the following:

  • getting out of your car in a parking lot and seeing people praying for someone
  • going to the hospital and praying for people who are sick, dying, in pain…
  • simply listening to someone
  • taking a meal over to a friend just because she has had a ‘rough’ day
  • mowing your neighbor’s lawn because you heard his lawnmower broke
  • denying yourself and putting another person’s needs above your own
  • speaking words of life everywhere you go, to whomever you see
  • giving someone a big smile and a hug
  • accepting people for who they are and the way they are
  • no outward judgement
  • bearing one another’s burdens, sympathizing with one another, yet all the while focusing on the finished work of the cross
  • grace, grace, grace! 
  • always serving others
  • always put yourself in the other person’s shoes!  What if the shoe was on YOUR foot?! 
  • being the exact representation of Jesus!

(Obviously, this list is just a few!)

I’m stuck on love in Scripture and can’t get out!

One of my passions in life is missions and I long for the day when I can live or stay in Central America for weeks or months at a time!  Last year, August 2010, I went to Honduras on a missions trip and while I was there, God really started showing me the depths of His love and how to truly love, as He loves.  Every time I study scripture and go deep into any area of His word, and each and every time I do, God brings me back to one word: LOVE.  Everything boils down to that one word, the word called love.  If we have not love, we are nothing!  Faith, hope and love, but the GREATEST of these is LOVE!  Love never fails!  A friend loves at all times.  Love your neighbor, as yourself. Love, love, love!  :)

Back to this morning and this sweet woman…. did she experience the love of Christ? 

I wonder if this little act of love made all the difference in her day?  What would it have been like if no one responded to her tweet?  Put yourself in her shoes!   Always look at the person as if it were happening to yourself.  It is easy to “judge” others and have little compassion, or better yet, NO compassion, but to me, that is not the love of the Father, nor the love of Jesus.  Jesus would have met her right where she was, how she was feeling, and listened to her and loved on her.  He would have told her, “I love you my daughter with an everlasting love!  When I look at you, I see my Father.  Draw near to me.  Lay your shoulder on my chest.  I am here to comfort and guide you.  I love you because I love you because I love you because I love you!”

If you were having a tough moment, would you want people to rally around you and love and support you?  Or, would you want people to ignore you, tell you to get a life, and treat you with utter disrespect?  Treat others how you want to be treated.  Love like there is no tomorrow.

LOVE

  • is patient
  • is kind
  • does not envy or boast
  • is not arrogant or rude
  • does not insist on its own way
  • is not easily angered
  • keeps no record of wrongs
  • does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth
  • it ALWAYS protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres

LOVE NEVER FAILS! 

 

 

From my heart to yours!

Carrie

Please comment below if this has blessed you and make sure you pass it along to bless others. 

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

By Word of Mouth Musings February 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Always a happy moment to stop by and read such words of encouragement … after yesterday, I will soak in all that I can get … thank you 😉
Much love to you xxx

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Carrie Raab February 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Thank you and I am glad I was able to give you some encouragement! We need each other! Blessings and thanks for stopping by!

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jessica @peekababy February 7, 2012 at 3:52 am

Hard to argue with more kindness!
Stopping by from Time Travel Tuesday :)

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Carrie Raab February 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

The world needs more of it, that’s for sure! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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NYC Single Mom February 7, 2012 at 2:17 am

Great post and inspirational

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Carrie Raab February 7, 2012 at 2:23 am

Thank you!!! :)

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Jennifer@GDWJ January 7, 2012 at 4:11 am

Great question here:

“What would the world be like if we were known for our love for one another?”

It would be as God intended. So grateful for His love for us. His perfect, unending, beautiful love for us.

It’s a joy to meet you here. Thank you for joining up in community today at Getting Down With Jesus.

Grace and peace,
Jennifer Lee

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Carrie Raab January 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Yes, Jennifer… as God intended! :) May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! “LOVE” is the word, the answer, what we need! He is LOVE! Bless you and look forward to sharing hearts more and encouraging one another in the Word. Bless you!

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Clytie January 6, 2012 at 3:32 am

I like to challenge people to paraphrase 1 Cor. 13 (The Love Chapter) to match the circumstances of their individual lives. I see that you have done that, showing your heart to the world, and living what you believe. What an inspiration you are!

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Carrie Raab January 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Clytie! Thank you for your kind words and for reading my post. I look forward to our sharing hearts again! Bless you!

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Shanda Oakley November 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Thank you for the reminders of some small and easy things we can do to show love and serve others.

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Lizabet Nix October 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Carrie – My first visit to your website, but definitely not not my last! Here’s another thought to add to your call to pray for the woman you do not know: God has similarly called upon people who you don’t know, who don’t know you, to pray for you. Isn’t that humbling? In the midst of our challenges, God has people we don’t even know “on the case” for us.

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Carrie Raab November 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, that is very humbling and I never thought of anyone praying for me. Thanks for visiting my site! Have a blessed day!

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Robert Seth October 26, 2011 at 6:57 am

Boldness to speak the truth in love…what a refreshing article Carrie! Well done! I love your courage to tell it like it is. There is just not enough of this these days and it’s such a wonderful gem when you find it. Thanks for this awesome reminder and for all your practical suggestions on what love looks like. It was encouraging, thought provoking and caused some self inspection to take place. Thanks again!

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Carrie Raab November 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Bless you Robert and thank you for your kind remarks! Much appreciated!

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Rochelle October 25, 2011 at 12:47 am

What a great article! Love conquers all. A wise man once told me that people choose to follow Christ because they know a Christian and people deny Christ because they know a Christian. Your heart shows through in this article and your love for God definitely shines through. Have a blessed day and thanks for the article that blessed me today.

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Carrie Raab November 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Thank you Rochelle for your beautiful words about my article. My heart’s desire is to be exactly what you said. Have a great day!

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Shannon October 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Carrie,
I love the passion that you carry for our Lord and the love you so freely give to others. The bible says that we should be slow to speak and quick to listen. The beautiy in it is that the Holy Spirit can speak for us and give us the wisdom that we desire. This is why I love the random acts of kindness that you have listed that allow others to speak is so wonderful. The word also says that life and death is in the tongue and with that we hold the abilty to build another up or destroy them with our words. I love that you have chosen words of love to bring life to those you touch. Keep writing and know that you are a blessing to many.

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Carrie Raab October 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Shannon, thank you so very much for your kind words! Bless you and may the Lord continue to shine His face upon you and bless you every step of the way! I know you are a walking example of “Love in Action!”

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sheri October 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Bullseye! You hit this right on the mark! Sent with the arrow of love! I am reminded of a Beth Moore study where she talked about Psalm 127: 3-5a that children are a heritage of the Lord, and blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. The Father had one Son…the One Arrow in His quiver, and He placed His One and Only in His bow, pulled back on the string, aimed and released His One and Only to the earth…………and a little child was born. Thank you for sharing, Carrie….I’ve been receiving a similar message…it’s not always the “big” things that are important….it’s how we live between the moments that counts…….with our eyes focused on seeing God in others around us and joining in to be His hands and feet when He presents us the privilege of doing so. And everyone involved is blessed! Thank you, Jesus for piercing our hearts with Your love! Your aim is perfect every time!
With much love for you, my sister Carrie! How I pray we meet up again this side of heaven!
sheri kobriger

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Carrie Raab October 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Sheri! You blessed my heart beyond words. Thank you for your love and encouragement! God is good and our only desire is to “please Him!” Blessings to you and your family!

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Pat September 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

You are an amazing child of God, an awesome daughter, faithful sister, devoted wife and all of the above wrapped into one Mother. I loved your story. I’ve been telling you you need to write a book. I love you dearly and am so blessed to be your Mother.

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