June 10, 2018
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:9-16
If you were to make a list of things in your life that are good at this time, what would be on the list? Some of those things may be a rewarding career, good health, peaceful living conditions, a loving family, food to eat, beloved pets, or maybe just the ability to go about life on a daily basis.
Paul, in verse 9 above, tells us to “cling to what is good.” Recognizing and reflecting on what is good in our lives can be a rewarding spiritual experience. Yet many things in life that we experience as good can appear or disappear at any moment. Paul also reminds us of other good, but less tangible, things: to live in harmony with one another, to share and practice hospitality, and to honor others above ourselves. He tells us we also need to remember that God’s loving grace is given to us as a free and everlasting gift and that it is always good.
Let us pray: Good and gracious God, fill us with gratitude for your good gifts and your love. Help us to live according to that love, through Jesus Christ. Amen