Love is a very powerful and redemptive force. It can save. It can heal. It can deliver.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The potential powers of love to heal and deliver are limitless. However, love must be demonstrated before it’s powers can be released. Until love is demonstrated, it cannot heal others. This is clear from God?s offering of His only begotten Son for the redemption of humanity. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world existed as a possibility in God’s heart long before it actually happened, as the verse below reveals.
"…the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world."
Such is the nature of love; it lives in the heart as noble possibilities long before others know about it or experience it. However, unless that love is demonstrated, it is utterly powerless. Undemonstrated love is meaningless. The Lamb of God was slain in God’s heart from the foundation of the world. Men, however, continued to perish until what existed in God’s heart manifested among men in time and space.
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
So, it was not God’s love that saved us; it was His demonstrated love. God loved the world so much; but men continued to perish until God’s love became demonstrated. Until love is demonstrated, it cannot heal. People need to hear, feel, and touch your love for them before they can be transformed by it.
You and I are full of God?s love, because we all have God’s love poured into our hearts ? that is, as believers.
"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
However, it is only when we begin to demonstrate that love that we can heal others. When you demonstrate the love of God within you, it heals and makes our world better and beautiful. The following is a list of the various ways that God’s love in your heart can be demonstrated to the people around you.
#1. Say it!
Whereas the word’s "I love you" may be easy to say for some ? particularly those who use them to manipulate others ? they could be quite a stretch for those who mean them.
Learn to tell your loved ones how much you love them.
Forgiveness is a powerful demonstration of love. Those you love will offend you from time to time. Make room in your various relationships for reconciliation and restoration.
It is possible to give without love; but it is not possible to love without giving. Giving is a demonstration of love.
Give your presence through visitations.
Give monetary and other material gifts to make life more comfortable for your loved ones.
Give God: Go out of your way, use your resources to bring others into the transforming presence of God.
Praying for others is one of the most powerful demonstrations of love. It is also a killer of selfishness and hatred.
When those around you hear, feel, and touch your love for them, it imparts life, healing, peace, hope, and happiness to them.