Friday, April 14, 2017

Give Your Love Away

Give Your Love Away

"Let us love one another, for love is of God." 1 John 4:7

One evening before Mary Martin, the great Broadway musical star, was to go on stage in South Pacific, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein. He had written it to her from his deathbed: 

"Dear Mary, a bell's not a bell until you ring it. A song's not a song until you sing it. Love in your heart is not there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away."

After her performance, a number of people rushed backstage, exclaiming, "Mary, what happened to you out there tonight? We have never heard anything like that performance! You sang with more power than you've ever sung! 

Blinking back tears, Mary read them the note from Hammerstein and added, "Tonight I gave my love away!" 

The poorest person in the world has something to give others if he or she has love in their heart. Love's gifts take many forms- a smile, a hug, a gift, a note of thanks, a hand up, and just being there in tough times. 

Love is the one gift that always fits, is always appropriate, and always in season. Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another and to all." 

"May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all." John 13:35

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God." 
1 Thessalonians 3:12

(This message is from the Daily Devotional- The Word For You Today)

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