Have you ever thought “Why do I have air in my lungs?”
Have you ever thought “Why do I have that meal in front of me?”
Have you ever thought “Why do I have the education I have?”
Have you ever thought “Why am I living?”
Why do you have those things? It is because God has given those things to you. He didn’t have to give you life or breath or food or education or friends but he did. Why did he give you these things?
Because God is the God who gives good gifts
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! “
Did you notice the character of God in these verses? God is better than a loving father who knows how to give gifts. This is because God is compassionate and loving.
If God has been compassionate and loving towards us we should be compassionate and loving towards others.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:10-11
If you have only one life and Jesus gave his life for you what should your attitude be to the people around you?
Love and compassion
What about those people who are unlovely? What about those people who get on our nerves? What about those people who hate me?
Did you see 1 John 4:10? God loved you so much that he sent Jesus as an atoning sacrifice. He loved you and I when were unlovely, when we were his enemies and he has infinitely more reason to turn his back on us. So our response to his love is to love him and everyone else.
Who do you have to pour some love on today?
You have only one life therefore be loving