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)
In our willingness to love God comes the ability to fulfill the laundry list of challenges given here. I fear that we try to do the opposite – beginning with the actions rather than the love. If we think trying to do all these things God will accept us and be pleased, we’ve missed the point. Let’s get it straight, God loves us in spite of ourselves, and we show love out of the abundance of the love (grace) he bestows to us. Love God first; it make loving people easier.
Prayer: Lord, empower me to respond in love as you have shown your love to me.