The apex of Christian virtue is love (1 Cor. 13:13). It is genuine love that is at the heart of the law of Christ (Mark 12:31). It is agape love that distinguishes believers from the world.
Love in Demonstration
Love is one of the words in the English language that has become so common that it has lost its force. We use the word “love” to describe vast degrees of affection. I might say:
- I love my dog
- I love Chick-Fil-A
- I love my children
- I love my spouse
- I love my church
- I love cycling
- I love God
While all the above sentiments are true, I mean quite different things by each of those statements. It is helpful to pause and consider what the Bible means when it commands us to walk in love.
Love in Demonstration
If asked, “Do you love people?” most Christians would respond with “absolutely!”. But perhaps a better question is, “Do you demonstrate love towards others?” The word translated “love” in the Bible is most often a verb. When it commands us to love our neighbor, it isn’t necessarily telling us how to feel but what to do. Jesus didn’t just come to earth declaring His love for humankind; He demonstrated His love for us in that “…while we were yet sinners, He died for us.” (Romans 5:8). The Bible calls us to display selfless love towards others.
How to Demonstrate Love
How can we demonstrate love to our coworkers? Let’s apply the famous words found in 1 Corinthians 13:
- Be patient with your coworkers.
- Be kind to your boss, fellow employees, and customers; don’t be irritable, rude, or resentful.
- Don’t be envious when someone else gets recognized or promoted. Celebrate with them!
- Do not boast when you get recognition or a promotion; remain humble.
- Do not behave rudely towards those with whom you work.
- Do not demand your way; consider the needs and preferences of others.
- See the best in others.
- Listen intently to others.
- Help others succeed.
- Minister to their practical needs whenever possible. For example, if a coworker is struggling to pay a medical bill, if you can, help them. Take time to see the needs of others and minister to those needs according to your ability.
Today, you have an excellent opportunity to point others to Christ by demonstrating love towards them. May the Lord be with you!