*From Warner Press’ Forever His. Pass it on to the young girls in your life.
Love Begets Love
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:8
We keep their secrets and swear not to tell a soul that they still sleep with their teddy bear Mr. Fuzzy Britches. We lend them our favorite dress even though they accidentally shrunk our favorite sweater . . . twice. We create our own embarrassing diversions to turn the attention from the toilet paper stuck to their shoe. Yes. The crazy things we do for our friends can be summed up into one four letter word . . . love.
When it comes to love, there was never a woman who cared more for her friend than Ruth cared for Naomi. After she had lost her husband and her sons, Naomi was going to return to her homeland of Bethlehem and live out her days alone. In her old age she didn’t want to become a burden to her young friend Ruth.
While it would have been more logical for Ruth to wave goodbye, while it would have been a lot less trouble to send her a postcard via carrier pigeon, Ruth loved her friend Naomi so much she left behind all she knew, hopped on the back of a mule and followed Naomi all the way to Bethlehem. She loved her that much.
Once they got settled, Ruth went to the fields alone to gather the left over wheat from another man’s garden. One day he noticed her in the field and when he learned what she was doing he told her to leave the leftovers . . . and take her pick of the crop.
As luck would have it, the man was a relative of Naomi and Ruth’s late husband. He thought she was so kind and so lovely he instantly become smitten with her. Not long after, the two were wed and they begot a son . . . the great King David.
Just like you, Ruth did some pretty crazy things for the love of her friends. She left the home she knew and loved . . . and she left it on the back of a mule no less. She worked in the fields alone. She ate leftover wheat for weeks. While Ruth had done some pretty unconventional things, God had made her living proof that love is never a common thing.
You can never love too much. You can never give it all away because you just keep making more. When you’re following God’s orders, you can never do anything too crazy for friendship.
Love begets love. All the love you give away always comes back to you full circle. Like Naomi and Ruth, wherever there is love there is God. One act of love can set off the domino effect in your life.
Love everyone like nobody else in the world loves them . . . and God will put people in your life that love you like nobody else.