2019-03-08 / Chaplain's News

‘Love more than bundle of flowers’

Chaplain (Cpt.) Hyoseok Kim
Chaplain Clinician Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care

Love is such an important part of our lives. Psychology tells us that it is. Biology tells us that it is. Religion tells us that it is. And we can see it for ourselves how impactful love is. How great is love when we come home from work to see our kids and our significant others? Or maybe getting flowers and chocolates from your loved one?

The memories that are associated with love from our past and the present is enough to give us this warm cozy feeling. There’s so many different types of love, too, such as family love, friendship love, marriage love, and so on. However, the strongest type of love is God’s love, the agape type that is unconditional love.

God shows us this love constantly- He is always by our sides even as we sin daily and when we may not be faithful to Him.

John 4:9-10 NIV says, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

Furthermore, God wants us to spread His love to others. As humans, we crave love, but we also have to able to give love back to others.

John 15:12-13 NIV says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Love requires a lot of sacrifice and patience, but at the end, the effort is worth it all, and Christ wants us to share it with everyone.

In reality, we are surrounded by people that need to be cared for. For example, those suffering from psychological disorders to long-term illnesses. As a part of the caregivers, we need to provide for them and create an atmosphere that makes them feel welcomed.

Some may feel empty and depressed, and it is our duty to show the love of Christ so that their void may be filled. Just as we have received an endless amount of agape love, we are obliged to offer the same back to others so they might realize the powerful and comprehensive love of Christ.

Also, we should remind ourselves that each and everyday should be devoted to love. Live, love, laugh, and be joyful!

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