(May 22, 2008)

My biggest aim as a facilitator of the Living Room mood disorders support group is to help participants learn about and experience the love of God. It’s when hurting people understand how much God loves them that healing can best occur. I know this, because this has been my experience.

It was when I was in the depths of depression that a person who I held in great esteem told me she loved me and that she would always love me, no matter what I said or did. This person is a godly person and I knew that what she said came from God and that God was expressing Himself through her. And what a difference it made to me!

Now, when I help others through tough times, I remember what my friend did for me and I try to do this for others. I ask God to fill me with His love and to help me share that love with the people I meet. This is one prayer I can be confident that God will answer.

1 John 4:12 says, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” It’s through those of us who love God that God reveals Himself.

But God’s love is unfathomable. It’s beyond measure. We can only show a part of it, but we can do so with abandon. We need to accept others as Jesus did, using Him as our example, following in His footsteps. Jesus loved everyone – the poor, the sinners, the sick. He touched the untouchables and His loving touch made them well.

God’s commandments that sum up all commandments given in the Bible is to love God with all our heart and soul and strength and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. God IS love. If only the whole world could share in this love! What a better place this planet would be!

But we each have a little corner of the world, a little sphere of influence – people surrounding us who we can love – people whom we can help to heal. Let us ask God to help us share His love with them…with abandon.