“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 feel compassion when we hear of others’ needs, or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. But God calls us to genuine love that goes far beyond pretense and politeness. 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)
In this fast-paced world do we love unconditionally? Are we sincere in our motive? Are we faithful to the body of Christ and ourselves? As Christians, we have a responsibility to care for others and love unconditionally, just as the commentator says.
I am going to ask a question: people who get ahead in life are the ones that generally put their hands up and go the extras mile. Do they get paid for it? No, but in the long run, they will be rewarded with success and recognition. Will you work for no pay? Can you imagine the attention you will get if you did work for no pay?
You will ask me how this fits in with love. Well if you are prepared to do work for no payment, then you will love unconditionally. Yes, I know you are saying: “be real one can’t do this”. What one can do is go that extra mile. You see there the test. You don’t have to work for no money, but you can go the extra mile in love and service.
“Lord I pray to love others and teach me to go that extra mile for others and the body of Christ. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”