By Sandra Purcell
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:11-12
I recently woke up with a bad headache and walked around for the whole morning with a, “whoa is me attitude.” After a couple of hours of self-inflicted misery, I sat down and opened my bible to 1 John 4:7-16 where the apostle John writes about God’s love for us and how we are to love one another.
My whole outlook changed within a matter of minutes and I no longer felt sorry for myself. I wasn’t even thinking about myself anymore because my heart felt lifted and encouraged because of God’s love for me.
God’s love is mind boggling.
It’s hard to understand why he chose to pour out his grace and mercy upon such imperfect, stubborn and rebellious people. But thankfully he does.
God loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus and as a sacrifice for our sins Jesus’ death on the cross made it possible for us to experience the full extent of God’s love.
However, this love isn’t given to us for our enjoyment alone. God pours his love into our lives so that we might share it with others.
Sometimes we have a severe case of tunnel vision. Tunnel vision from a medical standpoint, is the loss of peripheral vision – or side vision – which means we only see what is directly in front of us.
When I didn’t feel well, I’d lost all ability to see anyone else’s needs. My gaze was limited to me, myself and I.
Even though we might still have pain, our vision improves immediately after reading God’s word. He shows us that it’s impossible to love people when you can’t even see them. I just h
ave to stop focussing on myself.
When life gets you down and you feel your vision narrowing, spend a few minutes with God. Turn your attention to him, your peripheral vision will return, and you’ll be free to share Gods love with those around you.
Father, it’s so easy to get so wrapped up in my own life that I become oblivious to the needs of the people around me. Help me to humble myself so that I can share your life-changing love.
Father we make this prayer in the name of Jesus through the power of your Holy Spirit.
Sandra Purcell has been a staff member of the Catholic Guy for the past seven years. Sandra is on our Leadership Team, oversees Catholic Guy Sites and regularly communicates with people all over the world.