There is a love that motivates any of us to serve others. That love is powerful in many ways.
Ephesians 3: 7 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—
Here we find a prayer to be rooted and grounded in love. Here we find a desire to know the total scope and immensity of the love of God. Why? For motivation.
When we understand the love of the Father for us as individuals, we can access that love and apply that love to others. Love becomes our motivation.
When Jesus looked out over Jerusalem, he was “moved with bowels of compassion”. What a strange phrase this is. You will not find it in all translations, but it is extremely accurate. The core thought is that He is so touched with love that his stomach hurts. This type of love commands you to action. You must do something.
There are other instances where Jesus looks out and sees the people are confused, is moved with compassion, and sends out workers to teach and help. It is a constant with Him. Love motivates.
Jesus came to show us the Father. He shows us the Father’s love. The Father so loved the world that He gave His Son. He was motivated to action by compassion.
Any father/leader does the same. Our actions are driven by the deep motivations of our heart. When greed is motivation, we act greedily. When self sufficiency is motivation, we act accordingly. When love is our motivation, we act with compassion and protection and provision.
Love brings health. A friend of mine has struggled for some months over a decision. In that time frame, he has made many decisions that don’t seem to add up. But there is a constant that has directed his path. He has a great love to do a certain work and lead a certain demographic. His decisions keep coming back to making that happen. Wandering off course for a few weeks, he will always come back to supporting that group and that motivation. It compels him. The more questions he answers with that motivation, the more clear his path and direction becomes.
Think of a father and his family. When he is motivated by love every decision leads in the same direction. It leads to the health of his family. When making a priority decision over spending household budget, he will ensure everyone has their basic needs met and something that brings joy to them. Love motivates and guides his decisions. When making a decision during a hardship of whether to speak words that build or words that tear down, he will choose the former. When finding himself in the wrong, he will seek forgiveness and health of his family over self serving his ego. Love motivates to the good.
Love is healthy. It leads us to life building decisions.