John Lennon said it best, “All you need is love.” The message is clear and simple, Love is everything.
Love can be manifest in many ways, such as kindness, patience, understanding, selflessness, and forgiveness. These attributes can show others the love we have in our hearts.
Opportunities to Love
Everyday we are given opportunities to show love and kindness to those who are around us. Each person who crosses our path provides us an opportunity to love and serve.
Some of our greatest opportunities to demonstrate our love are within the walls of our own homes. Love should be the very heart of family life. However, sometimes it is not. Why is it that sometimes we treat others better than those we love the most, the ones we go home to every night? There can be impatience, arguing, fights, and tears, contention…
If we have committed to live a life of love, we should treat everyone with kindness and respect, especially those who are closest to us.
Thomas S. Monson advises,
“I would hope that we would strive always to be considerate and to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings and circumstances of those around us. Let us not demean or belittle. Rather, let us be compassionate and encouraging. We must be careful that we do not destroy another person’s confidence through careless words or actions.
Forgiveness should go hand in hand with love. In our families, as well as with our friends, there can be hurt feelings and disagreements… it doesn’t really matter how small the issue was. It cannot and should not be left to canker, to fester, and ultimately to destroy. Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.”
Sometimes we act in a way we wish we wouldn’t have. We long for a second chance to be kind.
John Greenleaf Whittier wrote, “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”
If we treat others with love and consideration we can avoid regrets.
A piece of advice was given to me years ago. I can no longer remember who said it, but it’s message has stayed with me:
“You will never regret making the right choice, you will only regret making a wrong one.”
Words of Love
Love can be expressed in many recognizable ways: a smile, a wave, a compliment, or a kind word. Other expressions may be more subtle such as spending time with someone, showing interest in their activities, teaching with patience and kindness, or visiting someone who is ill.
Dale Carnegie, a well-known American author and lecturer, believed that each person has within himself or herself the “power to increase the sum total of [the] world’s happiness … by giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.” Said he, “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”
Dare to Love
“Charity is the pure love of Christ, … and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him,” Moroni 7:47.
Acting in love is a win-win. We feel good because of our positive actions, plus it benefits the ones we interact with.
May we begin today, right now, to express love; whether it is with our family members, our friends, co-workers, or total strangers. Every morning when you get out of bed, choose to love and kindness.
“I have decided to stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Monson, T. M. (2016). Love – The Essence of the Gospel. Retrieved from https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/love-the-essence-of-the-gospel?lang=eng
- LDS.org. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/7.47