Spillage of Love

Spillage of Love “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”       John 15:12 NIV

“Don’t spill the water, Abby,” I call to her almost every morning.  My daughter has a very important chore of feeding and providing water for our two cats before school. Inevitably, she ends up dribbling some of the water on the floor during her journey from the laundry room to the front porch.  I admit that sometimes I am frustrated because of this messy spillage on the floor.

However, I recently heard a man giving his testimony on the radio.  He talked about how we as Christians should have spillage of love onto other people.  Hearing those words convicted my conscious.  I have the completely wrong attitude about the water situation.  Jesus tells us in the Bible “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  When on earth, Jesus provided the ultimate example of how to love one another.  In every word spoken, every action taken, every thought penetrating his mind, he demonstrated complete love for us.  Ultimately, Jesus submitted to the will of his Father as to pay the debt of our sins.  He exhibited his spillage of love in the form of blood and water mingled together on the cross.

The greatest way for us to show Christ to others is to do as the verse says – love.  Isn’t that what my daughter was doing all along?  Was she not showing love to me by completing her chore without complaining?  Was she not showing love to her animals by providing for their needs?  I can really learn a thing or two from my twelve year old daughter.  I want my cup of love to be filled so full that it spills over onto everyone I come in contact with – my family, my neighbors, my church family, even the people standing in line next to me at WalMart.  Perhaps you, too, struggle with giving love freely to others.  Pray that God will help you lavish your love onto others unselfishly.  Make a commitment today to strive to share love in all situations, from the small things to the big things.  Resolve that it’s wonderful to have a messy spill, in this case, as it just may point others to Christ.

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Written By: Alisha Ritchie

Alisha Ritchie is a wife, mother of two wonderful children, Physical Therapy Assistant by profession, and dedicated church member and Sunday School teacher.  She resides in the small town of Stanfield, North Carolina, where she enjoys writing, spending time with her children, and ministering to others through her work and small group Bible studies.  You can read more of her devotionals on www.christiandevotions.us.