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July 1, 2018

Love One Another

By: Billy Valenzuela [Las Piñas, Philippines]

“Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.”
John 13:34-35 (NRSV)

My values teacher once told our class, “You are called to make a difference. Each of you can change the world and make it better.” I didn’t understand that statement. It seemed a bit far-fetched. How can a 15-year-old make a difference, much less change the world? So I gave up the idea.

Later, as I was reading through the Gospels, I encountered these words: “Love one another. By this everyone will know . . .” Suddenly, I realized that change begins with one word: LOVE.

LOVE CREATES CHANGE: Making a difference does not mean putting on a big show. Most often, the greatest change comes from the little things we do out of love. Here are some ways we all can practice loving others:

  • Be kind. Many lives can be changed dramatically if we simply choose to be kind.
  • Forgive. Don’t hold on to bitterness. When someone hurts us, we can be quick to forgive.
  • Pray for our enemies. Instead of complaining about others, we can pray for them.

Keep it Simple

I remember the people who have offered a hug when I needed one, who have smiled at me or spoken kind words that made me feel valued. Perhaps their kindnesses felt insignificant to them, but they have meant the world to me. In the same way, we can be generous with our time and our gifts. We can bless others with something as simple as a tissue or a listening ear. We can write a note or speak words of encouragement. Who needs your help today?

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