Freely you have received; freely give. — Mat 10:8
Jesus was sending his twelve disciples out to proclaim the good news: “The kingdom of heaven has come near!” Part of their instructions were to help others without asking for anything in return.
This is love. Giving freely. Unconditionally.
But to love, Jesus indicates that we must first receive love. Many of us are depending on family and friends to love us and have been let down. But what we forget is that we are loved – if not by family and friends, certainly by our creator.
The Jesus story was of God who showed up in human skin to live among us and to love us. Although he knew our shortcomings better than anyone, he thought that we — every single one of us! — were worth loving. He gave his life for us, showing us love by giving himself freely and unconditionally. He told us to do the same for each other.
You are loved — treasured by your creator. This love demands nothing of you. So go forth and love others without asking for anything in return.
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