What does love require of me? As Pastor Ken continues this new series, I have found myself asking that same question. I have been trying to see if I am honest with myself and actually loving others in such a way that it would honor Jesus.
Often, I like to imagine myself loving people through grand acts of kindness and love, i.e. serving at some kind of outreach or rescuing someone from a burning car. If I can be honest, that would make me seem really cool and would probably cause other people to like me more. However, there is a simple way to love others in a way that is not self-seeking or grand. In fact, we can love others simply and easily. So simple, in fact, that it can be habitual. How, might you ask? By practicing our verse today, learning to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those that mourn.
Learning to simply be there for others is a grand form of love that can have profound effects. Not asking questions about why they mourn or rejoice, but simply learning to love and celebrate others, causing them to see that the Jesus in you is greater than anything else that they may be facing in life. Let us practice the habit of simply being present with those that we love.
PRAYER: Father, help us to be present, mindful, and intentional with all people in Jesus’ name.