Each week, we present some words of reflection written by one of our partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Kizzy Wilkins.

The Word:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NASB)

The Story:
I recently watched a movie in which a security guard had aspirations for becoming a police officer. There was one scene in the movie where he was in an altercation; all the while constantly calling, “Backup!” His partner stood by and watched the situation. He took it like a champ, but later made a comment to his partner that “Backup!” is a universal term that he should have known as a call for help. Unlike the partner, it’s imperative that we never forget the most important universal term for our walk as Christians – love. God commands that showing love be the very essence of who we are. This often means that we have to sacrifice what we want to be a help to someone else. See, the security guard didn’t understand why his partner failed to come to his aide. As believers, we should never leave our brothers and sisters screaming “Backup!”

The Reflection:
When was the last time we gave up something in order to show the love of Christ to someone? How can we ensure that our lives are always reflective of God’s unconditional love for us?

The Application:
Let’s make a commitment to God this week to show love in every situation – even when it’s hard. Love shouldn’t have to be asked for in order to be shown. Love recognizes a need, and then meets it. Don’t think too hard about doing what is right – just do it!

The Prayer:
Father, thank You for those You have put in our lives to show Your love to. Help us to recognize and act on every opportunity we get to offer love and kindness. Amen.