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Love Unconditionally...

Our guest blogger today is Drew Savoy, a graduate of Anderson University in Indiana. He has a degree in communications with a journalism concentration.

Loving strangers is hard; loving your enemies is harder.

I work for a mental health facility that serves children, and I sometimes find it hard to show patients love that they may not have received at home. The children are violent and sometimes rude, but I do my best each day to show them I care and love them. I may not make a difference in each life, but making a difference for just one kid would mean the world to me.

As Christians, we all should try to make a difference in someone else’s life, even if it is small. Touching the heart of one person each day could lead to a lifetime of love given to thousands of people.

Loving others is such a broad term. It can be simply listening to another person’s problems, or giving someone a smile. Any nice gesture can show a person that you love and care about them, even if they are strangers.

This verse from 1 John 4:7 makes me think that we should always love each other: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” God shows us his love each and every day. We can pass on that love to others who may need it.

Photographer: Gino Santa Maria

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."