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The Importance of Love

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As leaders, how do we intentionally respond to an individual’s need to experience Christ's love?

As a women’s ministry mentoring coordinator, I have the privilege of meeting one-on-one with many of the ladies in our congregation. Often, two of us will go to the local coffee shop and spend time together laughing, crying, sharing life’s stories and enjoying a hot cup of coffee. Regardless of who I am with, after we share our stories, I am in awe of God’s goodness and humbled when I learn how ladies cling tightly to Christ as He refines them in life’s “fires.” Many ladies need emotional, spiritual and physical healing and all women need to see the physical manifestation of Christ’s love in their Christian sisters. As leaders, how do we intentionally respond to a individual’s need to experience this kind of love?

I’m just thinking that having a “program” or “ministry” is markedly easier than loving people. As leaders it’s important we:

  • Understand and accept God’s love for us so we can share His love with others.
  • Are willing to risk loving others—facing fear of rejection and apprehension about time required to be part of someone’s life.
  • Are able to ask difficult personal questions and engage in challenging conversation.
  • Have endurance to choose to love when a person seems unlovable.
  • Provide opportunities and atmosphere in our events where ladies can move past the formality of social interaction and into meaningful conversation.
  • Know the real needs of the ladies whom we serve.

Bible studies, retreats and large planned social events have their place in ministry. All of these activities can facilitate discipleship, growth and healing. Yet, when planning these opportunities, remember that when basic human needs are not met, people will struggle to flourish. Don’t forget the importance of love!

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matt. 2:36-40).

Written by Janet Speer

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