There’s this great passage about love in the book of 1 John where we read, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18)
Some of my favorite stories are the ways I’ve seen these words lived into. As 1 John states, Jesus calls us to lay down our lives for one another. Jesus gives the invitation that if we are in possession of something that someone else lacks, love should compel us to step in and help in whatever way we can. At Fair Haven and across Harbor Churches, we see this happen in a number of ways. In regards to providing necessary material possessions, one of the many ways we see this happen is in the way our church engages with people in need throughout our community and larger using the care offering… something that couldn’t happen without your incredible generosity.
I’m convinced, though, that Jesus’ invitation goes far beyond only providing material possessions to those in need. I’m convinced that love should compel us to help in whatever ways people are in need.
I’m convinced that…
Sometimes love looks like a coat to a child who doesn’t have one.
Sometimes love looks like assistance with an electrical payment.
Sometimes love looks like just showing up and being available.
Sometimes love looks like a listening ear… or a shoulder to cry on… or a glimpse of hope in the midst of a really difficult season in life.
Here at Fair Haven, we strive to live into that last invitation from that passage in 1 John, the call to “let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
We want to put our love into action, not just words.
One of the ways we strive to do that each and every year is through a ministry called Hope Harbor. For years, we’ve had a community gather every Monday night from Labor Day to Memorial Day whose primary goal is to provide hope to people in need. We do this through a number of available classes including Financial Peace, Divorce Care, Divorce Care for Kids, and Griefshare.
If you’re struggling through a difficult season in any of those regards… or know anyone who is… we would love to walk alongside you, to help you find community, and to help be a part of your process of healing and finding hope.
Or, if you’re looking for ways to put your love into action, we’d love to chat with you about how you could become a part of the ministry happening on Monday night’s at Hope Harbor. We have a number of volunteer opportunities available and would love to chat with you and help you discern wether or not God might be calling you to help people find hope through this ministry.