W.W.J.D? What would Jesus do?
He would love first!
Sincere love is to love others like Jesus did. It is genuine affection. It is not fake. It is active love.
It can include praying for another person. It includes using your spiritual gifts. Sincere love can include serving, teaching, encouraging and giving generously. It is doing it cheerfully. Ask yourself, “Am I lukewarm, hot or cold?” (See Rev 3:16)
Love the person right in front of you – with a kind word, a smile, or a helping hand. Get off your cell phone and talk to them. Get to know them. Ask them how their day is going… and then listen. Remember their name.
Take food to your neighbors. Stand and talk for a bit, if they seem interested. Just be friendly.
Find a ministry at your church that matches your spiritual gifts and spend some time serving and using those gifts.
Hand out homeless bags when you see someone begging on the streets and pray for/with them.
When you take your kids to activities, don’t retreat to your car and listen to the radio or text people. Stick around and talk sincerely with any other parents who are there.
Love both those inside the church (Romans 12:10, 13, 15-16) and outside the church (12: 14, 17-21). Listen. Be patient.
“You lovin’ your neighbors then go let ’em know,
If you’re free, prove it,
If you’re not, lose the chains on your soul,
David Crowder, “Prove It” – The first song on his setlist at the Wayne County Fair in September, 2021. Here was a man singing to hundreds of people in Wayne County saying that, if you are a Christian, then prove it with sincere love. (See John 8:36) Crowder’s ministry is to reach people who do not know the message of Jesus, including loving your neighbor. His ministry also encourages Christians to show sincere love to others.
Are you the aroma of Christ to others? (See 2 Corinthians 2:15).
Actions are one thing…but where is your heart? Are you doing these things to further the Kingdom or to make yourself feel better? Are you giving out of a desire to see God move as a result or are you just checking off a box?
Action is fake if it isn’t sincere.
He would love first…sincerely.