Weekly Devotional: We are Created to Love People

By Paige Ferrari

Group of global outreach volunteers standing behind students

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)

If you haven’t seen the flyers around Grand Canyon University or the digital banners on monitors across campus, it’s Global Outreach Week (GO Week).

During this week, all of the mission trips and globally minded ministries here on GCU’s campus come together for a week of intentionality.

What GO Week reminds us is that we are able to love people.

Let us love one another. Part of GO Week is getting the life-changing opportunity to go across the seas to love the people God placed in our path. Loving people is something that is so easy to forget, yet it’s listed as the most important commandment, next to love the Lord with your whole being.

It’s very easy to get caught up in life. We living in a self-consuming society that praises people who take focus on themselves. Our heads are tucked away in our phones and we are usually plugged into our headphones, numbing out the world around us. We have assignments due, we have jobs and we have to tend to our being.

But that’s all about me, myself and I.

What about people? What happened to social circles that were void of some kind of outside technology? It’s hard to love someone via email, text message and social media.

Loving people takes getting out of our self-consumed bubble, going outside and talking to someone you may not know. Loving people is getting involved in an activity that you might have not experienced before.  

So while we can go on mission trips to love the people in that city, state or country, we can go outside our door and do the same thing in our neighborhood and community.

We don’t have to wait for the summer mission trips to love people. The time is now.

Learn more about getting involved with Global Outreach by visiting our website.

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