There is Love inside all of us. When we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior - when we believed on Him we received Gods Spirit, we received His nature and His nature became our nature .
God is Love therefore His Love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and it must be acted upon – it must be used just like our muscles and if we neglect to use them – they weaken and can diminish, this is called muscle atrophy. When that happens, it is not good for our body, for our health.
When it comes to the Kingdom of , it is not much different. God has commanded us to put our Love to Good use and the way we do this is Love for our neighbor – not in word only but with our actions such as in James chapter 2 - the hurting, the sick and the poor.
How do we do this? Take a good look at Jesus life – what He says and how he lived and mimic his life, His character, His nature. The same love and compassion that was inside of Him is inside of His followers.
If he’s told us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and provide shelter for those that have none (Matthew 25:31-46) then He must have done it himself. Think about it for a moment: I don’t believe He’d ask us to do something He himself has not already done. It’s like I said in a recent message at Augustine Church: It’s not fair if I tell my children to clean their room or clean the dishes if I have not done it myself. I’m always telling our youngest son to clean his dishes and yet there are times I leave my dirty dishes on the kitchen counter. It’s neither right nor fair. Jesus said, “Love one another AS I have Loved you – John 13:34-35 -34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” He says here that we are to love as he has loved us. He’s asking or commanding us to do something that he is/has done himself. We know Jesus and the disciples gave to the poor by giving from the bag they carried, “Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor.” John 13:29.
The following are just a few examples of how we at Ponce Church, Ormond Church and Augustine Church put our Love to Good use:
North Street – For nearly 3 years we provide and serve delicious meals to our homeless friends every Saturday at North Street in Daytona Beach. We will soon be providing meals to the homeless in St. Augustine, FL.
Matthews Pond and Campground – We have recently purchased two and a half acres of land where we now have a campground for our homeless friends.
Legacy Housing Project: We have our first home for girls aging out of the foster care system – Legacy House Ormond and are soon planning to launch our second home, Legacy House St. Augustine. – Why? We help to prevent teen homelessness and trafficking. For more info go to legacyhousingproject.com
Jesus has called us all to put our Love to Good use! Regarding the Good Samaritan Jesus said – “Go and DO the same”.
Legacy House St. Augustine – Coming soon.
These are just a few ways to put our Love to Good use.
by Pastor Nina Tidwell
Founder and Pastor of Augustine Church
Augustine Church is a church on the beach that meets Sunday’s 10am in the banquet room at Beacher’s Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida