Writing this blog each week can sometimes be a challenge, but I love writing and scheduling this time is a necessary discipline. It helps me to ponder what is important in life, and what I might in turn share with you.
During my morning devotion time, I usually check my YouVersion Bible app to read the verse of the day. Today’s verse was, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) As I often do, I decided to continue on and read the entire chapter of Romans 12.
Throughout this chapter, we find guidance on how to love one another deeply and intentionally. Even our enemies! This isn’t just “old school” or ancient teaching. Although I’ve read this chapter many times, this morning I was struck by how badly we need these instructions today.
In the NIV translation, verses 9-21 are entitled “Love in Action”.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
That is a lot to take in, but oh, my! If we could embrace these instructions as we go about our daily lives, think how this world could be changed.
How will you put love into action this week?