Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly 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 God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 (NIV)
I need your help. Without your help I will be a miserable failure. Without your help I will not be able to live as you lived or do what you did. How do you need my help? What are you asking of me? I need your help to be able to genuinely and deeply love others, with all that is within me, from the depths of my heart. I have had enough of superficial and convenient expressions of love. I know that you want me to love and care for others on a completely different level. You want me to love others just as you love me. You want me to follow your example. Yes, I do.
What does genuine love look like? What will you do if you are loving others just as I love you? I will be devoted to others. I love and care for them just as you have loved and cared for me. What does that mean? I will enthusiastically and energetically and fervently help others who are in need. I will be generous and willing to share what you have given to me. What have I given to you? You have given me time, talent, and resources. Will you generously share your time, talent and resources with others? Yes, I will. That will be very good.
What else will you do for others? It will be my joy to honor others above myself. Life is not all about me. I will take the spotlight off of my own life. I don’t or want to be the center of attention. Instead, I will call out and celebrate the great things you are doing in the lives of others around me. I will allow my words to lift others up and spur them to keep on boldly living their lives to serve you. Not only will I lift others up with my words, but I will support them with my prayers, as they go through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. That will be very good.
Do you believe that I will help you to love others just as I have loved you? Yes, I do. That is my prayer. That is my hope. That is my earnest expectation and certain belief. I know that you will help me to love like you love, give like you gave, and serve like you served. Yes, I will, without a doubt. Thank you. Lord.
Lord, I want to love others with all that is within me, from the depths of my heart. Help me to love like you love. Give me your strength. Keep me fervent and energetic. Make me prayerful. I will run from evil and hold on to good as I serve you and others. Amen
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