10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:10-13, ESV)
Out of our willingness to love God and people will come the ability to fulfill a laundry list of challenges given here. I fear that we try to do the opposite. If we try to do all these things, somehow God will accept us and be pleased. Let’s get it straight, God loves us in spite of ourselves and we do things out of the abundance of the love he entrusts to us.
Prayer: Lord, empower me to respond in love as you have shown your love to me.