Heart of an Encourager
A heart that loves. (John 13:34-35)
A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
These verses make it clear how important love is in God’s eyes. God loves us, and we therefore should try to love each other, just as He continues to love us. It is one way that we can show the world that we are children of God – radical, countercultural love.
But why do we find this hard? I know in my heart, often I am so obsessed with myself, and loving myself well and putting myself first that I often become selfish and forget about God’s vast love for me – leaving no room at all for loving others. But isn’t Proverbs 11:25 interesting?
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
By cultivating a heart that is generous, selfless and ‘refreshing’ to others, we ourselves benefit and are refreshed! We aren’t actually designed to put ourselves at the centre of our worlds. We are wired to worship God, and put Him first – and if we are secure in this identity, our hearts will become more like Jesus, and we will be better at loving and encouraging the people around us.
Why don’t we make this week one where we meditate each day on God’s great love for us, cultivating a heart that thinks of others before ourselves. Let’s pray that we might be selflessly refreshing others, motivated by the great and vast love of our Heavenly Father.
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and now co-edits alongside Hannie. She is in her final year studying Music at Durham University, and while she will be sad to leave the beautiful little city, is looking forward to returning to her hometown Cambridge for a brand new chapter. She has big plans for More Precious in 2015!