A lot forces in the world around us conspire to teach us that life is a zero-sum game: that there’s only so much to go around so that to give anything away results in you having less.

But God’s love is different.

Meant for Sharing

God’s love is something that,  like a birthday cake, is meant to be shared with others. As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught: “Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”

Put another way: love is not love unless it’s being shared. Shared between you and God. Shared between you and other people.

Only More Love

Unlike a birthday cake, however, when you spread it around and share with someone it doesn’t result you having less. With love you will never run out of slices. When you share it with others, it just results in there being more love! Sharing love with others only grows it.

Hence, this blessing from the Apostle Paul offered to the people of Thessalonica:  “May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:7-8

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.

Colossians 3:12-15

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