If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1 NRSV)
Ron Lee Davis tells about a friend of his named Bob Osborne. Bob is co-manager of the First Presbyterian Thrift Shop in Fresno, California. He is a man with a tender heart for people. Bob has traveled to Africa and India to see human need firsthand and to do whatever he can to meet those needs. Bob doesn't think of himself as a missionary, but, instead, as an ordinary Christian in an ordinary American church, who happens to care about suffering people. Davis says he has stood with Bob in the dusty street of an African village and seen tears roll down Bob's face because his heart was broken over the misery of men, women, and little children devastated by ground-cracking famine.

On one trip to India, Bob stuffed into his suitcase as many shoes as would fit. Why? Because shoes are a rare commodity in India, and he planned to leave as many pairs as possible with those who needed them. On the return flight, Bob was barefooted. He had taken the shoes off his own feet to give to an Indian farmer.

Agape love the Bible calls it--love that is given with no expectation of reward.

Lord Jesus, help me to give and express your Agape love. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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