Nothing is as compelling as love.
How would a suitor stir up the 'suitee'?
It would take more than a box of chocolates and flowers and flowery speeches,
as nice as those are.
Rather, love is the great motivator
to spur one another to love
and the good deeds are the caboose.
How do we get our children to do anything?
I know, I know, spare the rod, spoil the child.
But if love is not in the attempt to motivate them
to do good deeds--like taking out the trash--
resentment would simmer and bitterness would take hold then
we as parents would be considered to be hard task masters indeed!
Did that just happen at your house recently?
Yeah, mine too.
"...but through love serve one another."
Andrew Murray says, "The Church has been redeemed by Christ, to prove to the world what power He has to cleanse from sin, to conquer evil, to restore to holiness and to goodness. Let us consider one another, in every possible way, to provoke, to stir up, to help to love and good works."
"Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth."
I John 3:18)
Excuse me while I climb up on my soapbox
(Now soap boxes are made of flimsy cardboard, so I wouldn't advise climbing up on one of those.)
Do you, like me, get a little tired sometimes of being accused of not having compassion because we have not jumped on board the liberal mindset of saving the world?