As Christians, we are commanded to love others. John 13:34 states, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” There are so many ways that you can show God’s love. However, there is no simple answer. We are each called in different ways to serve and fellowship with others.
With this being said, here are 3 specific ways that you can show love to your church family. The key to these things is taking action; this is perhaps the best way to show love to your church family.
Pray & Fellowship Together
Prayer is so powerful. It is written in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Whether you take the time to pray with someone or have a conversation with them. This can show love and the care you have for your fellow church members.
A small group is a great example of this. It is a wonderful thing when two or more people gather, and lift each other up in prayer. Also, reading the word together can be a great time to fellowship with each other and really dive deep into God’s word. There is something so unique and wonderful when believers gather together in the name of God.
Serving others is an amazing way that you can show love to your church family. Getting involved with one of your church’s volunteer groups is helpful. This will give you plenty of opportunities to serve. Whether you greet your church family at the door on Sunday mornings, make them coffee at the coffee bar, lead your Sunday school, or help lead worship on the worship team – just get out there and serve.
There are so many areas and ways you can volunteer. Maybe you’re unsure where you can serve or you aren’t sure if you’ll have time. The first step is to talk to someone on your church’s staff. After talking to someone about your questions, you’ll most likely get all the information you need to make the right decision about serving.
When you build intentional relationships within your church family, it can be easier to show love to them. Getting to know people by name and intentionally learning about them always makes people feel good. Simply remembering things like if their child had a good game, their birthday, etc. makes them feel noticed. This can lead to long-lasting friendships and community. As you grow closer to people in your church, you can pray for them more intentionally. Once that relationship is established trust will begin to grow between the two of you.
These relationships are ones that will last your lifetime. Your church family can be just like family if you open up your heart and let them in. This goes the other way too. If you show love to other members of your church that they can open up to you, you can show love by making them feel more a part of the church family.
There are various ways to show love to your church family. It is when you take your time and give it to them with prayer, fellowship, and relationship that it truly shows. It can be gathering together in a large group or one-on-one with someone, or it could be praying for someone by yourself. Doing anything with the intention of loving them as God loves us, can show and spread love to those we intend it for.