We love because he first loved us.1 John 4:19
Have you ever gotten that really strong feeling? It is a feeling that is kind of like a prompting that is saying, “I want you to do this.” It could be to do something big, small, or even something that goes out of your comfort zone. But it is so heavily pressed upon your heart, you just have to do it. So, have you ever felt that before? Because I have. Personally, I love when I get that feeling, that prompting.
Typically, for me it is to love others; whether a group of them or an individual. Like giving a homeless person some money, or better yet your time by taking them out to lunch and having a conversation. It could be paying for another’s groceries, spending the day with a hurting friend, helping clean trash up in your town, or inviting someone over to stay at your place. It could be showing your appreciation to another, or even reaching out to someone you have not spoken to for a while. It could be anything. But it always seems based on love.
I find this to be the Holy Spirit working in us. I mean, Jesus said it himself:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” – John 14:26
What does the Bible say? What were all of Jesus’ teachings, actions, and words rooted in? Wasn’t it love? It is because God loved us first. He initiated it and always fills us with it. It overflows, and we become so full of his love and may not know what to do with it. The Holy Spirit dwelling in us, who teaches, guides, and reminds us of the Word, prompts us to pour that overflowed love over another. When we pour that love over another, it is filling them with that same love that God pours into us. And, oh, sometimes it can be a little scary.
You do not know how many times I have asked the Lord, “Do I really have to do this?” when prompted to do something. Especially when it was something that took me out of my comfort zone. Honestly, it does not take much to take me out of my comfort zone. This is because I am shy, introverted, reserved, and at times a bit awkward. There have been times I have even asked God if the other person would accept my act of His love to them. Would they be happy? What if I mess up what God is prompting me to do? I can be filled with so many questions when God wants me to step out of my comfort zone and do that act of love. But the one thing I do not do is ignore the prompting. I act when that really strong feeling comes on. Because you just do not know where it will lead.
So, please, always listen to that prompting. Do not let it pass you by. It just may be the Holy Spirit telling you to act. The results can be amazing too. And really, it can be one of the many examples of being a representative of Christ.