World Go! Manual

The Discipline of Love
By Rachel Elwood, Staff Writer
June 7, 2012

The little boy put on a tough face as he walked with his father into the David V. King Medical Center in Jucuapa, El Salvador, but he was clearly ill. As Volunteers In Action participant Elena Harriman tried to ask him a few questions, the child ran over to the closest trash can and threw up. His brave face gone, he turned to his dad in tears and held out his arms for a hug.

“I think God wants us to approach Him like a little child,” Elena reflected later. “I approach God, and other people, with much more humility as I realize that I have nothing to offer—not even words, much of the time.”

The World Go! Manual identifies love as a characteristic of missions-active Christians, and what more perfect example of love do we have than that of the Father? He loves us unconditionally, thoroughly, passionately, even when we have nothing to give Him—and He expects us to do the same for others.

According to Mark 12:30-31 (NIV), the most important things we can do in this world are: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

“Even the commission to go to the ends of the earth takes a backseat to these two great commandments. Love your God with all you have. Then love others like you want to be loved yourself. It’s that easy.

This chapter of the World Go! Manual is sure to challenge your thinking about love. Practical action steps include encouraging you to study the Word, practicing loving those who are hard to love, and more.