Love Is Not Something You Just Start But Continue!

Love is something everyone needs and not just wants, from infancy to adulthood. In 1944 a case study was done with 40 newborn infants to determine whether these babies could thrive alone on basic physiological needs without affection. 20 of the babies were housed in a special facility where the caregivers could only feed them, bathe them, and change their diapers. The caregivers were told not to look at them, talk to them and touch them as minimal as possible. (This is difficult for me to share it seems so cruel.) All the physical needs of the infants were attended to precisely and they were put in a sterile environment where none of the babies became ill.

The experiment was discontinued after four months because half of the babies died without any apparent reason. Even when the experiment stopped, two more of the infants died later after removing them and putting them into a more natural family environment. They were all physically very healthy. Of the other 20 infants who received the same physiological care but also received love and affection, none of them died.  The conclusion was nurturing and love is a very vital need in the lives of humans.

One of the greatest things you can do in life is to love someone. I Corinthians 13:13 says: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Charity is the act of love or kindness towards others. You can make someone’s day or change their life with a kind word or deed. You should make it a part of your daily life to say or do something kind everyday to someone(s).

I Peter 3:10 says: “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:” If we profess to be like Jesus, it is imperative that we love like Him.  I John 4:7-8 says: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” To not love others is to not to have the Spirit of God because God loves. Love may not always be easy but it is Godly.

Paul tells us how we must love according to I Corinthans 13:4-8a: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind (You must be kind while you’re sufferng.); charity envieth not; charity vauneth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things endureth all things. Charity never faileth..”

Love is not something you use to do, or started out doing, but what you should continue to do. Jesus said in St John 13:35: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one another. Have is defined as: “to hold or keep in the mind.” Therefore, we should always “hold or keep in our minds” love towards one another.

So, I encourage you this year to not only start loving this year but to continue it throughout the year and a lifetime. If Jesus could do it for you, you certainly should do it for others. In Jeremiah 31:3 God said to us: “… Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.”

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