A woman was sharing her experience and said, “When I give $20 to a beggar and when I lovingly help another person, I never have a negative outcome.” That statement caught my attention. Is it true that loving others does not provide negative outcomes?
I have had similar experiences. When I forgive another person the outcome is always positive. When I honestly praise another person, the outcome is always positive. When I treat another person with respect, the outcome is always positive.
If this is so, then why do we not do more of this thing called love? Could it be that our culture teaches us to be selfish, competitive and proud, when loves requires us to be selfless, accomodating and humble. Is it possible that we don’t realize that a negative outcome could come from winning in the worldly sense?
I encourage you to test this principle. Go out and do an uncalled for act of kindness and see if there is a negative outcome. If it turns out that Jesus’ command to love others produces positive outcomes, then do more. Try loving others more. Check it out for yourself and maybe you will be positively surprised.