My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
1 JOHN 3:18
PUTTING OUR LOVE INTO ACTION
As a child I enjoyed reading autobiographies of Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale and Margaret Sanger. My favorite is still that of Florence Nightingale, simply because she is considered as the first nursing theorist.
Nurse Nightingale believed the environment had a strong influence on the patients' outcomes, and many elements of her Environmental Theory are still practiced today. Her nurses cleaned the whole hospital so there were no more germs and this helped to stop contamination and the spread of disease.
She is a hero because she changed the hospital and saved lives with her hard work, perseverance and determination. In doing so she changed the profession of nursing forever.
Florence and her nurses greatly improved the conditions and many more soldiers survived following her environmental theory of cleanliness. She also earned the name, "The Lady with the Lamp" because she would visit soldiers at night with a small lantern in her hand.
Her changes were fashioned and constructed out of Florence's LOVE for nursing!
Love: Beareth all things, believeth all things and endureth all things. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:7
Paul clearly describes love as a feeling -- but it he also says Love has actions. Florence and her nurses worked hard cleaning and although this act wasn't specifically done for just one patient, it was done for the greater good for all her patients!
The "Heart of Love" not only displays actions it also comes from hearts that sacrifice so that love is seen and not just talked about! Christ's sacrificial love for us was shown on the cross, and that love brings new life to each of us!
When going through trials, I try to remember these things:
1. God's Love for me is UNCHANGING!
2. God's Purpose for me is CHRIST--LIKENESS!
3. God's Words for me are LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND!
4. God's Grace for me is ALL SUFFICIENT!
But God commendeth his LOVE toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ DIED for us. ROMANS 5:8