The Healing Balm Of Love

Written By Pastor Carmela E. Head
There is a famous quote by Maya Angelou that is so very profound to me. Each time hear it, new meaning resonates within me. Here it is:

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This statement is so very true as we remember the very essence of the kindness bestowed upon us by a family member, a friend, an acquaintance or even a complete stranger who felt
the need to share a random act of kindness.

As I pen this article, I am immersed in gratitude as I ponder over that quote. I choose to remember the healing balm of the loving deeds received by those people who dared to lean into the simplicity of being kind as opposed the opposite. A welcoming “hello, how are you?”, a smile, a listening ear,to a moment of edification and encouraging words of support. Moments of community in sharing and lending a helping hand to a colleague or to those you may engage on a daily basis makes a world of difference in influencing and impacting in the lives of others. This is how we exemplify hope and compassion.

People will remember how you made them feel more in the world than what you have done. That is amazingly profound for there is a healing balm in the giving and displaying of kindness and brotherly love. Of course we know that balms are soothing and promote healing. So it is with love. I am encouraged by the scriptures that says what love is. . . Love is patient, love is kind . . (1 Corinthians13:4-5). Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the table of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man (Proverbs

In the textual sense of the word love, it is not only a noun or a thing to be given. Love is also a verb, away of being. Love is an action word in motion and in full operation. When it is applied through kindness, benevolence, words of edification and hospitality it will promote healing and a balm that is ultimately remembered long after the healing has taken place.

Just as we can be the agents of change by encouraging someone, we can be reminded of the
ultimate healing balm, Love, who is Jesus Christ. Let’s implement emulating the love and compassion of Christ through loving others with a heart of serving and caring and most importantly His ministry of healing the broken.

”And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

                                                                1 Corinthians 13:13
                                                                    Revealing Christ
                                                                 Reforming Culture
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