Healthy love loves God and then serves God by loving and serving others. Quite simply—love loves.
But my question is how does love love?
Sometimes we can get a fuller definition of a word by looking at its opposite. So what’s the opposite of love? It isn’t hate because hate is actually the flip side of love. That means our hatred for anything that comes against the object of our love is just as strong as our love is.
The opposite of love is apathy.
Apathy means without pathos (or feeling). Specifically, without feeling that moves us to action. So in order for love to love, it needs pathos as its fuel.
For example. If you hear a coworker mention her frustration with construction slowing down her morning commute, apathy says, “Bummer!” and does nothing else. But love fuel by pathos says, “I found an alternate route that I can share with you.”
When a friend tells you about his frustration with trying to lose weight, apathy says, “Good luck!” Pathos love says, “Here’s the diet that worked for me” or “I’ll go to the gym with you.”
Love is fueled by pathos to: speak out, act out, and reach out.
When Peter was describing the ministry of Jesus, he said, “He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil” (Acts 10:38).
As His follower, we are supposed to feel the needs of the hurting and confused around us, and then let that pathos fuel our love to go around doing good:
- When you hear someone asking for help, offer help.
- When you see someone who is down, be their friend.
- When you don’t see a neighbor for a couple of days, check on them.
- When you meet someone looking for answers, invite them to church with you.
- When a friend is sick, send a card, bring a meal, or mow their lawn.
These kinds of good deeds make Jesus happy (see Matthew 25:40) because it’s a tangible way to love God and then serve God by loving and serving others.
BE LIKE JESUS—GO AROUND DOING GOOD!
There should never, ever be such a thing as an apathetic Christian!