Share Love, Not Hate

There’s a great debate going on around the world. Should lovers be able to symbolize their love by adorning historic bridges with love locks (or in other terms, “padlocks”).

When Candace and I were on our legacy-chasing trip to the Czech Republic (Fall 2013), we saw these love locks up close and personal—some on the famed, historic 14c. St. Charles Bridge, and some a few steps away on the Malá Strana district, Prague, Czech Republic. Controversy aside, there was an astounding vibe that came from seeing all of these public declarations of love.

How can we share love, not hate, today?

It has never been more important to share love and not hate.

In light of this past week’s horrific hate crime in Charleston, SC, we must be intentional about being people who know how to love well.

I write a great deal about love: loving God, loving self, and loving others well and want to take this moment in our nation’s history to invite you, once again, to both pray and act.

It doesn’t take a great deal of time or even effort, to show love. Here are a few simple suggestions:

  1. Smile. One simple smile can change the entire atmosphere of a room. In fact, I’m going out on a limb and saying it can even change a life.
  2. Show kindness through the million little actions that happen during your day. When angered by someone’s rudeness, turn that other cheek of yours (I had to do it yesterday), and dig deep. Be kinder than you feel.
  3. Sit down and pray for our nation, our neighborhoods, and the natural tendency towards selfishness and sin.
  4. Start a revolution by simply being the change you want to see in the world.

It starts by looking in the mirror of our own lives.

The Book of James (James [1:23]-25, MSG) says it so clearly:

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

share love not hate

Will you join me?

I’ll be talking more about this all week.

Will you join me as I share the love, not the hate with as many people as I can? Just imagine the possibilities. See you on facebook!