It’s easy to see the term “love others” and assume it is all for the other person and there is nothing in it for you. That is pretty much true, it’s not all about you, but there are unquestionable benefits that you earn when you properly exercise Love. Here are 5 benefits to loving others others:
1. We carry out one of our greatest challenges in life. In John 15:12, Jesus tells us directly, “This is my commandment. Love each other the same way I have loved you.” Loving others is one of two of greatest purposes in life, the other being to love God. This is given as a command, but viewing this command as a challenge will bring a more motivational stance. Something you have to do is less intriguing and empowering than something you can do. So own this! Make it your thing. Find the thing(s) that you were loved through and share that love with the world. Our greatest challenge in life is finding who we are and what we were made for. Personal development is critical in answering that. These two challenges have the power to shape you into your purpose more than any other reason listed here.
2. We welcome peace. In 2 Corinthians 13:11, Paul gives this amazing advice on how to welcome peace into your life. He says, “Aim for restoration, comfort one another, [find what you can] agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. This goes along with what Jesus teaches us in Luke 6:38. He taught us, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” When He says “to make room for more,” He is saying our capacity to understand will increase, which enables us to love deeper than before. So give love and peace, and get more love and peace back.
3. We gain the power of influence. Love is the tool that gives us influence in our lives and in the world. Hebrews 10:24 supports this saying “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” People are spiritually, mentally, and physically moved when they are shown love. If they have been rude, your kindness influences them to evaluate themselves. If they have lied, your trust influences them to be honest. If they are discouraged, your positivity influences them to change their perspective. These things do a great job connecting us to our purpose of loving others but what about the other purpose of loving and showing God to the world? Perhaps the greatest influence we gain through love is written in John 13:35, which says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Loving others shows Jesus to the world.
4. We grow closer to people. This may seem quite obvious but the more we see the benefit in loving others, the more we will actually do it. Proverbs 17:9 tells us “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” When we make the decision to love one another and look beyond faults, we show people that they are accepted because of who they are, not because of what they do or do not do. This creates a bond that cannot be broken and produces the change our world needs. We all need to be closer in understanding with each other.
5. We have life. 1 John 3:14 says, “If we love our brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life.” We should be proving this to ourselves first and the evidence of that will undoubtedly reach others. As number one states, one of our greatest challenges in life is finding out who we are and what we were made for. As a Christian, that challenge is translated into the question “am I really alive in Christ?” This is how you gauge yourself. This isn’t a pass or fail thing. A gauge is a tool of measurement. If you aren’t quite where you want to be yet, look in your heart by yourself and seek where you stand. Do you find life in loving others, in sharing, in helping in some way? If not, connect with God and people through openness and you will be guided. Use this scripture as a gauge for life. We all have the capacity for more life if we seek it.
I would love to hear from you! Which of these are you doing well in? Which of these are areas to focus on? If these do not motivate you, I encourage you to seek reasons that line up in your heart and influence you to show love to others.