Something to think about
Reading this verse we might think of the second great commandment: love your neighbour as yourself. Jonathan fulfilled it in his friendship with David, for Jonathan 'loved him as his own soul’.
You may not meet any of the people or communities that you support through Christian Aid. But can you imagine what it would look like for you or me to love someone who lives far from us, whose life is different from ours, who we will never meet, with the same vigour as we love our own souls?
I think that to love like this might look like being a part of a transformative global movement for change.
As part of such a movement, Christian Aid aims to do three things:
- Tackle poverty – We reach those most in need, in some of the hardest to reach places around the world.
- Speak truth to power – We challenge the systemic and structural causes of poverty by holding those in power to account.
- Raise up prophetic voices – As we speak truth to power, we seek to build local and collective agency
How far can you go as part of this movement? What difference will it make to the world to love others as we love our own souls?