Verse: Ephesians 5:2
…and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Only the act of true love will thaw a frozen heart.
Olaf the Snowman
Almost two decades ago in New York, a woman by the name of Kitty Genovese was slowly and brutally stabbed to death. At least thirty eight of her neighbors witnessed the attacked and heard her screams. In the course of the 90 minute episode, her attacker was actually frightened away then he returned to finish her off. Yet not once during that period did any neighbor assist her, or even telephone the police. The implications of this tragic event shocked America, and it stimulated two young psychologists, Darly and Latane, to study the conditions under which people are not willing to help others in an emergency. In essence, they concluded that responsibility diffused. The more people present in an emergency situation, the less likely it is that any one of them will offer help. It is what they call the “bystander effect.” In the actual experiment, when one bystander was present 85 percent offered help. When two were present, 62 percent offered help. When five was present, then it decreased to 31 percent. (http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/r/responsibility.html).
Was it really just a lack of responsibility or can we call it apathy? Apathy is an ever growing attitude nowadays in our community. People are more centered to their own needs and begin to be so cold towards others. We can see now the reality of what Jesus said in Matthew 24:12,”Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” Being cold, unconcerned, apathetic is really what it means to have a frozen heart. There is a disorder called “Frozen shoulder,” a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. It can cause immobility to your arm. It is a painful and bad disorder but I believe there is nothing more painful and worst than a frozen heart. Can you imagine experiencing an emergency on the street and no one will be willing to offer you help? Imagine a community wherein nobody cares, instead each one does whatever they want even if it harms others. It’s a chaotic, dangerous and lifeless place to be. This will result in having a frozen heart. The antidote to this is what Eph. 5:2 says, “Live a life of love…”
What is love? As Olaf the Snowman says in the movie “Frozen,” “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.” I remember a farmer said, to him love is providing healthy food for the people. He is not primarily after profit but for the welfare of others. Living a life of love always means whatever you are doing should always include the best interest of others.
What so nice about love is you don’t need to be brilliant, educated, or wealthy to be able to exercise love. It is no respecter of status, rank and age. This was illustrated in the story of Lee Yong Go in the movie “Miracle in Cell #7,” which is a fictional Korean movie but very inspiring.
Lee Yong Go was mentally challenged with a daughter named Ye Sung. He loved his daughter so much that one of the things he wanted to give her is a bag based on an animation Sailor Moon. With his eagerness to buy that bag he followed a young girl who happened to know a store selling that exact bag. Along the way something unfortunate happened, the young girl accidentally died. Having no other witnesses to what happened, Lee Yong Go was wrongly charged with the crime of abduction, rape and murder. He was imprisoned and while inside the jail, he was brutally beaten by his inmates and even by the chief warden. But later on these people start to change their treatment to him because of his sacrificial acts in saving the leader of their cell from being stabbed by another inmate. Lee allowed himself to get stabbed instead. Lee also saved the life of the chief warden when a fire broke out in the prison. His acts of love thawed the hearts of these men and changed them forever. He may be mentally insufficient but he was abundantly rich in caring for others.
If you want to see the movie you may watch in this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g6cH0wHLOo)
As the scripture says, “Live a life of love just as Christ loved us and he gave up his life…” (Eph.5:1), since we received the love of Christ we can now love and we can love as Christ loved us, that he gave his own life as a sacrifice.
If you want to be an agent of change, live a life of love. Only love can touch lives. Only love can create miracles. As a line from a song in the movie “Frozen,” “Love is an open door.” It’s an open door for opportunities to make a difference. I remember the story of Kelvin Doe, a teen from Sierra Leone who was able to build his own radio station and generator out of junk. He may be gifted but that’s not what made him able to create those inventions, it was because he cared for his family and community. As Kevin said in one of his interviews, “My happiest time is when I am making electronic things for myself, my family, and my community.
To see more of his story watch this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQ2h3VaC3c
But Kelvin Doe will never be recognized without the help of his mentor David Sengeh. David is also from Sierra Leone. His story is about creating a difference. He is into invention and design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. He is also the President and co-founder of the international NGO Global Minimum Inc. (GMin). Currently, it’s main project is Innovate Challenges; the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa. Innovate Challenges is a mentorship program and set of workshops where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. This is where he discovered Kelvin Doe. Opportunities for him to help are so great because he cares. (To know more of him you can watch these videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-6anyWQAME#t=76 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOLOLrUBRBY.)
In I Corithians 13 it says, “Without love you are nothing and you gain nothing.”
Don’t be frozen, keep a fervent spirit! Live a life of love!