Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (Romans 12:9-10 NLT)
Most of us have learned how to be courteous to others—how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings, and appear to take an interest in them. We may even be skilled in pretending to show compassion when we hear of others’ needs, or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. But God calls us to real and genuine love that goes far beyond being hypocritical and polite. Genuine love requires concentration and effort. It means helping others become better people. It demands our time, money, and personal involvement. No individual has the capacity to express love to a whole community, but the body of Christ in your town does. Look for people who need your love, and look for ways you and your fellow believers can love your community for Christ.
We can honor others in one of two ways. One involves ulterior motives. We honor our bosses so they will reward us, our employees so they will work harder, the wealthy so they will contribute to our cause, the powerful so they will use their power for us and not against us. God’s way involves love. As Christians, we honor people because they have been created in God’s image, because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and because they have a unique contribution to make to Christ’s church. Does God’s way of honoring others sound too difficult for your competitive nature? Why not try to outdo one another in showing honor? Put others first! (Tyndale Study Bible)
You see at some stage we all pretend. I wonder why? Because in the end, the only one we really need to impress is ourselves and God.
A good habit takes about three weeks to learn. You break it in a couple of days. So just like I said before, it’s a call to action. Nothing in this world just happens. We need to make it happen.
So I simply say, Love everything even your job. The right person will notice, and the rewards will follow. Again it’s that Biblical principle. Even those difficult situation you might find yourself in, approach it with care, and good results will follow.
“Lord I pray that you will expose the love in us. So that we can love the world and influence it. I thank you for that love. In Jesus name. Amen.”