3 March 2014
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve The Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
Do not pretend to show care out of false pretences but only out of love because The Lord loves without bias. Have nothing to do with evil thoughts or associate around people who are looking for trouble. Rather keep in your company the people who love good and live righteously. May we also have a heart overflowing with goodness and not bitterness or jealousy. Love is the expression of affection and honor toward our fellow brothers and sisters.
Put the other above you and hold our brothers and sisters in higher regard than yourself. Be quick to listen and hear The Lord’s will and execute His will obediently. Be grateful and be of good spirits, be glad and stay cheerful in heart for we rejoice in what is yet to come. A promise that cannot be taken away or changed. An assurance worth far more and beyond anything that may weigh us down momentarily. Seek The Lord in the depth of your spirit and cry out to Him.
Remember the needs of others and give toward the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. Be alert to opportunity in accommodating the needs of others and cultivate a hospitable and welcoming spirit to those who may be in need of care.
Father God, I ask and pray for You to remind me daily about these precious marks of a true Christian. May I shine gloriously for You and may I hear the voice of the Good Shepard all the days of my life and be obedient to Your will and Spirit. Grow in me daily a heart that is strong in these gracious marks of the true Christian and refine me with Your love and mercy.