by Jamie Zenteno

There's no doubt in my mind that we are suppose to love other people like Christ loves them.

John 13:34 says "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."

Jesus left us specific instructions on how to care for others around us that we do  not know. That is simply love.

So how do we love others well?

First we have to understand that we can love because God first loved us.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Second we have to act on a little bit of faith and just do it.

Maybe that's by:

  • Taking in a teen that needs a home
  • Mentoring a teen that needs some extra attention
  • Taking a homecooked meal to a widow or widower
  • Feeding the homeless
  • Taking cookies to a nursing home
  • Passing out water on a hot summer day
  • Donating your time at your local food pantry
  • Instilling your time to teach your family how to love others
  • Making hot chocolate and cookies for the homeless
  • Donating your $100 you had extra this month to someone who needs it

There's a million different ways I can think of right now of how you can love others well.

It doesn't have to take a lot of time or a lot of money.

The bible says in Matthew 25:4040 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Keep in mind that you're not only doing these things for others but when you do this  you're doing it for Jesus.

I remember this one evening I was at the grocery store. There was a man in front of me with his daughter. All he had in his basket was some Vienna sausages, spaghetti o's and milk. I felt God telling me give the money you have to Him. I was reluctant.

I went outside and they were parked next to me in this beat up blue car with the a bag duct taped over the window area. I told God ok, I get the message. I walked over to the man, who I didn't know and said here God wants you to have this. I got in my car and drove away.

About 50 feet away from the man, I looked up my rear view mirror. The man was wiping tears away from his eyes, standing in the middle of the parking lot holding the $100 bill in his hand in shock that so stranger took time to notice.

I don't know what he did with the money but I know that I was blessed just knowing that I was able to love someone I didn't know. I was able to love well.

I pray that today - Valentines Day's -  you can love people you know and don't know well.

In just a short while my friends and I will be going to share some love. With people who don't have a home. With people who smell. With people that others mock.

Love well and love often.