It’s late on a Friday night. I just got home. It’s dark outside and there is no one home. Suddenly I’m reminded of Rod Serling and I hear his voice as he welcomes viewers to the Twilight Zone.
No, it wasn’t because of anything creepy. It was simply because of a sign I posted on my door leading from the garage into the house. The sign says, “You are now entering the Love Zone.” Just below this sign is a second sign with 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 printed on it.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… (NIV)
These signs are on both sides of the door, leading out of the house and leading into the house. A reminder to all who live here, that when you go out, you are to walk in love with others and when you come in you are to walk in love with others.
I got the idea from our church that has a sign posted just as you are leaving the church property. The sign says, “You are now entering the mission field.” Well the same is true of love. Going out from your home or coming into your home, you are entering the Love Zone.
I was thinking about this just now. I thought of it a little differently today. Not only am entering a “zone” where I need to demonstrate His love, I am a carrier of that love. I am a love zone.
I come in contact with a lot of hurting people and one thing I endeavor to do more than anything else, is to demonstrate to them His mercy, His love and His grace. I try to be a “safe zone” for them… a “love zone”. A place where they are safe. A place where there is healing. A place of unconditional love.
One of my favorite scriptures comes to mind.
…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)
He is a safe place. He is a healing place. He is a place of unconditional love. He loved back our lives. And He has loved us into wholeness. We are here as His ambassadors. Ambassadors of Love. We are here as His hands and His feet. We are the carriers of that love.
The world is a crazy place these days. We can be the place where people find answers. Where people find true unconditional love. Where people find peace. We can lead others into the arms of Love Himself, by being His place of love on this earth.
Your signs remind me of many sports teams. Each year the team and coaches formulate a specific theme or motto for them to follow. That saying is translated onto a sign; the team touches it as a reminder on the way out of the locker room onto the field/court, etc. What a great idea!