Theme Scripture: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9, NIV).
Showing Love to the Hurting: It is redundant to say that the world is full of hurting people. We don’t have to look far in order to locate those that are hurting in some aspect. There are many that have physical pain due to a sickness or disease. There are some that are experiencing emotional pain due to financial struggles, grief or unhealthy relationships. Then there are some that are experiencing spiritual pain because they have been enduring long-suffering from the previous conditions and feel as though God has forsaken them and they are running on spiritual fumes instead of oil.
No, we don’t have to look far to locate these hurting people because we have already passed by them during our commutes. We fellowship with them at least weekly. We work with them during the week days. We live with them everyday.
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love…rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (vv10a,12, KJV).
Spiritual Manifestation: All of us have been that ‘hurting person’ at some point in our lives. Some of us are hurting right now in some capacity. Therefore, we know what it feels like to hurt and more so, to hurt and not receive love from others. Even if a person’s situation causes tough love, there is a right way to give it. When our love is sincere and our prayer line is open to God, we will know how to balance truth with love. We will be able to identify the positives in negative situations. When we show love to the hurting, we will truly help them to heal and allow God to continue to lead them in their purpose. And you might just learn that even when you are hurting, showing love and helping someone else in a small way, will make a big difference in your situation.
Now let’s love one another, because it’s manifestation time!
With Love in the Spirit,
Evangelist Shulanda Hastings,