5 Simple Ways to Show Love to Others
by Deb DeArmond
How do we know God loves us? The Bible tells us so, as preschoolers sing on Sundays. But what about the rest of the world? How do we know we’re loved? How can we love others? God gave us the answer: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31).
But we must remember, love is a verb: it requires action. We have the opportunity daily to demonstrate our love for those around us—family, friends, even strangers! An old song suggests, “Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!”
When we choose to love one another, honoring our commitment in obedience to God, a startling transformation takes place. As we align our hearts with God’s plan and purpose, He surprises us and rekindles the connections we all crave. Help someone experience it today.
So let’s get busy! Here are some practical ways to love others.
- Listen. The world’s a busy place. Give the gift of your undivided attention. Don’t interrupt, and don’t give advice unless it’s requested. Be present and in the moment.
- Include Others. Who’s often left out? The single guy, the elderly woman alone every day at the park, the young mom sitting by herself at church? Take them for coffee, invite them to your small group or pack a lunch to share on that park bench.
- Make a Call. Who’s overdue to hear from you? Is someone struggling? Who’s been absent or distant? Ask, “How are you?” Be intentional and listen between the lines. Encourage them. Ask, “How can I help?”
- Serve. Dinner at the shelter on holidays. Blankets for the homeless living under the overpass. Visiting residents at the nursing home. The forgotten urgently need the tangible touch of love. Their response will overwhelm you too, so prepare to be blessed.
- Ask Forgiveness. Nothing says, “I love you” louder than acknowledging a wrong, a hurt or bad behavior. Offer no excuse or justification for the situation. Make the message clear: “You’re important to me. I want to reconnect.”
Deb DeArmond is an expert in the fields of communication, relationship and conflict resolution. A writer and professional speaker, Deb addresses topics related to the family and women. Deb is the author of Don’t Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight, I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last and Related by Chance, Family by Choice. You can read more about Deb and her ministry at DebDearmond.com.