Illustration by Olga Semklo

What flashes before someone’s eyes before they pass on? Is It the greatest accomplishments they’ve acquired? Is it the regret to pursue a love they’ve always longed for? What really Is it?

I came across this question and it got me thinking of what’s really important in life. Do we really know what’s important? Will we live to regret according to our actions? To really live we should be aware of where most of our time goes.

Growing up I’ve always know that I was such a hopeless romantic, Love had always been something I longed for, being romantic or not I’ve always loved love. So my answer to what would flash before me before I pass on, would be memories I’ve shared with people I love, the little smiles I brought upon people’s faces and all the changes that I would have tried to contribute to the world. This is not supposed to be the “right answer” but it is my truth, my real answer.

 Having been that much obsessed with Love, I never paid much attention to the greatest Love of all which is God’s Love.

God’s Love was something I thought I had to feel in a season where I was very prayerful, but was I wrong. I learnt that in order to feel God’s love we have to pay attention to the source, the source being him and the people that he puts in our lives. God’s love is reflected those around us, our neighbours, friends and family.

That’s why he said we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves, by loving ourselves we love who resides in us which is God which is one of our Greatest commandments.

“Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself” –Matthew 22:37-38

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” – 1 John 4:12

When you pay attention to the love you are given today

  • It makes you understand that indeed that God loves me, he uses a number of people every day to reflect his love so that I could be closer to him and give him Thanks.  
  • It makes you want to spread that love to others as well, to be a representation of Christ. Just as Christ demonstrated his love for us, we should demonstrate it to others as well.

Spreading Love

Have you ever had a stranger be nice to you for no reason? How does that make you feel?

Doesn’t it lighten up your day? It makes you feel grateful for the love that you receive without expectancy, the kind of love that God tries to show you each and every day. This is why we are commanded to love each other, so we spread this love and his goodness. The reason why we have Grace is because of Love, this is because love overlooks every bad thing and is still accepting.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who Is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved”- Ephesians 2: 4-5 (NIV)

Love your enemies

Matthew 5:44-45  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

This commandment can be the hardest of them all, it literally states that no matter how much someone has wronged you, you are still supposed to love them.

How someone would ask? We ask God to help us to love them, because on our own it is impossible. Where would such strength come from? Only from our God since God is Love.

“The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul and live” – Deuteronomy 30:6 (NIV)

Love is a gift

I’ve had to experience regret of not showing enough of my affection to those who were dear to me and waited for them to be taken away from me to know that Love is priceless and it’s the best gift we could ever gift each other. One thing I know for sure is I want to live this earth with no regret of  giving all my love that will leave God’s light shining upon the earth.

If we would all love each other, we would finally bring World peace. Imagine living in such a harmonious world filled with Love. Love has been made to look like a weakness but to be able to love is GOD’S STRENGTH.

The reason why we were created was because of Love, the reason why we are still here on this earth is because of Love.  It all started with Love and it will end with Love.

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1 Comment

Sean Makonde · August 2, 2021 at 9:26 am

Woow Love is a gift ❤️ I felt that

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