Weekly message from Cypress Church: Just love

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

In a world full of self-focus, self-preoccupation, and selfies, it was refreshing to see people being kind, selfless, and looking out for those who tend to get pushed to back, over-looked, and even ignored. I was in line at the grocery store, in the ‘express lane’ with my 15 items or less, for I was in a bit of hurry. The line was moving slowly and all of us were noticing the clog, a very elderly woman with way more than 15 items, and if that was not all, she waited until the checker was done and said, “That will be $35.89.” The elderly woman stared back and it seemed to take almost a full 30 seconds for the checker’s comment to register. The elderly woman then began to rummage in her purse, which looked more like an oversized bowling bag. She said out loud with her shaky voice, “I know I put it in here”, as her full head almost disappeared in to the bag. “I found it!”, she blurted and held high in victory her checkbook. An audible groan went up from the line, and just as fast, two amazing things happened. A quick thinking store manager opened up a second express lane to the delight of much of the line, but the rest of us were no longer noticing the older woman, but the younger woman who was in line right behind the elderly woman. She struck up a conversation with elderly woman who was struggling to write out her check. The younger woman was smiling and asking the elderly woman about her family and noticing the trouble the older woman was having writing the check. She asked if she could write it out for her and then have her sign it. The older woman agreed and the transaction was complete. The younger woman even walked the older woman to her car as the bagging clerk carried her groceries. I was a witness to ‘just love”… a caring love that is just and right.

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Awhile back, I saw another act of ‘just love’. I was driving by a high school, and a car full of guys was laughing and joking with friends who were walking up to a nearby bus stop. A bunch of other kids were laughing and pointing their fingers at something on the ground almost in the traffic lane. I noticed the guys in the car get serious. They saw something I could not see, and pulled their car out and blocked traffic. One kid jumped out and directed traffic around their car. I still could not see all that was happening. Another kid pushed the group of jeering kids that had turned into a crowd off onto the sidewalk and kept them moving on. The other kids in the car all quickly got out of the car and ran around to the front of the car where that ‘something in the street’ was that caught the laughs of the kids on the sidewalk. As I slowly made my way out of the blocked lane and passed the front of the stopped car, I saw the 3 other kids lifting a guy back into his wheel chair. He had obviously missed the curb and taken a fall. These kids gave out some ‘just love’.

Zechariah 7:9 This is what the Lord Almighty said: Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
1 Peter 4:9 Offer hospitality (kindness to strangers) to one another without grumbling.

See, love is to be just, because acts of love are just the right actions to take. It is right and good to be kind to others, to help when we can, to smile, to share kind and nice words, not to think so much about ourselves, but to think of how to bless others.

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In this month of love, why not practice ‘just love’ and just love others. It will make our world a better place.

1 Corinthians 16:14 Do everything in love.
Ephesians 5:2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Galatians 5:14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

A great place to learn and grow in ‘just love’ is at church. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net.