We encounter people every day who need love. It is through the expression of human love that we begin to relate to the love of God.
[Anne] knew and cared nothing about God’s love, since she had never had it translated to her through the medium of human love. (Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)
Showing love to a spouse or a child can be easy when you know their love language. You know which candy bar will cheer them up on a hard day. You know your daughter prefers to sit and read with you while your son feels love when you tell him you are proud of him.
How do you express the love of God to a stranger without making them (or you) feel awkward? In today’s #FridayFive, we will look at five ways to show a stranger the love of God using Gary Chapmans model of the Five Love Languages.
5 Ways to Show a Stranger the Love of God
Words of Affirmation
One of the easiest ways to show a stranger some love is a kind word. Offer a smile and a compliment. It can be as simple as, “I love that color on you.” Everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving Creator, but we don’t always feel like it. Complimenting God’s good work can absolutely make someone’s day and help them feel cherished.
Share Your Time
With the pace of life we keep, time is one of the most valuable expressions of love we can offer. Allow a frazzled mom to go ahead of you in that long line. Ask your server how you can pray for her. Letting go of the “me first” mentality will help you reflect the patience and love of God.
Acts of Service
Jesus showed love through acts of service. He fed the hungry and healed the sick. While we can’t necessarily cause the blind to see, we can use the gifts we have to serve others. Help an elderly shopper unload the grocery cart. Hold a door. Pause for conversation with that chatty stranger—true, look-me-in-the-eye dialogue. Serving others is a clear reflection of the love of Christ.
Give a Gift
Everyone loves to receive a gift. God gave the greatest gift when He gave us the undeserved and unmerited gift of eternal life. We can model His extravagant gift-giving. Ask the store clerk what her favorite candy bar is, buy it, and give it to her. Buy a bouquet of flowers for a neighbor or the lady behind you in the grocery store. This is such a fun way to show love because you see surprise and gratitude light up someone’s face.
Reach Out and Touch Someone
We don’t have to get weird here, but human touch is an excellent way to show compassion. A gentle touch on the shoulder as you talk. A handshake. Sometimes, even a hug. This makes me a bit uncomfortable, but touch heals. Consider Jesus taking the blind man by the hand, and then reaching out to touch his eyes (Mark 8:23). Touch, even the touch of a stranger, can bring comfort to a hurting heart.
During this month of love, don’t just focus on expressing love to friends and family. Extend the expression of love—God’s love—to strangers. In doing so, you open yourself to the opportunity to share the beauty of the gospel message with them.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me'” (Matt 25:34-40 ESV).
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The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, Gary Chapman
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