“love one another…”
Psychologist Rene Spitz did a study at a “foundling home”—a place that provides shelter and some education to children who’ve been abandoned.
There were 97 babies and children ranging in age from 3 months to 3 years.
They were all fed. They all had medical care. But children also need loving attention. And since there was a nursing shortage, those 97 babies and children simply couldn’t get the kind of love they needed.
A lot of the time they were just left there. By themselves. And when they were, problems started.
Even after three months some of them lost their appetite. Others became lethargic. A lot of them actually developed shrunken bodies. Many of their faces became disfigured.
Children need loving attention.
And so does everyone else.
These are the people under your roof, down the street, two pews over, under the bridge, and even those who disagree with you.
Everyone needs love.
And if you’re a follower of Jesus, you’re the one to give it.
By Matthew Ruttan
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