Have you read Love Does by Bob Goff? If you haven’t yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. A friend of mine suggested I read it, so I ordered it online. It arrived a few days later and I put it on my nightstand, in the cue for night time reading. I usually read fiction at night to help me unwind before bed, but I made an exception with Love Does and I am so glad I did. From the moment I opened the book and started reading I felt like Bob and I were great friends. His adventurous spirit and love of people drew me into each chapter. By the time I got to chapter three, I was laughing out loud. My daughter came into my room, crawled beside me on the bed and asked me what I was reading. I started the chapter over, reading out loud like I did when she was little. When chapter four came around my son was lured into the room by our uncontrollable giggles. They didn’t want “story time” to end. Sam said, “That guy could be a friend of mine.”
Goff takes the great commandment and the great commission and puts it simply, “Love God. Love People. Do Stuff.” [Matthew 22:36-39, Matthew 28:18-20]. He challenges us to be different from the world. Another great man said the same thing in John 17:14, 16. We are called to be in the world and not of the world. The world does for others expecting something in return. We’re challenged to do for others to point back to Jesus [Matthew 5:16, John 13:34-35, 1 John 3:11, and 1 John 4:12].
The bottom line of the book is this: love is more than a word; it’s a demonstration of the word. You’ve heard the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words.” Goff and Jesus call us to put actions behind our words. Jesus did, and we’re to be like Jesus. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s what Jesus did to demonstrate His love for you. How have you demonstrated your love for Him? What have you done for Him lately? Need some ideas. Pick up your copy of Love Does today and you’ll be inspired.
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