Monday, November 5
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. 10 Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. 20 But
If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing
you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.
21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
These verses paint a picture of living in Biblical community. It’s full of directives (how to’s) of how to live unity and harmony alongside others. We’re called to love one another deeply, to serve each other, and to sacrifice for each other. I love what Paul says in verse 15 when he tells us we’re called to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. We’re not just called to love each other in actionable ways, we’re meant to love so deeply that we connect on an emotional level with our brothers and sisters. It’s a really powerful thing to be known by one another. Sometimes being aware that someone knows how you feel and cares sincerely for that is the most encouraging thing you can experience. Paul doesn’t stop there. He finishes these scriptures by making it clear that we’re not just created to love fellow believers, but we’re also commanded to love our enemies in the exact same way.
Verse 18 tells us to live at peace with everyone, as far as it depends on us. Many times we’re unwilling to come towards those who we experience conflict with. We do this because we want to prove some sort of point, we want to make sure that people understand that they’re wrong and that we’re right. Let go of that. Take full responsibility for reconciling every relationship in a fight to gain peace and unity with all.
Father give me the strength to let go of any bitterness that I hold on to towards those who I’ve experienced conflict with. Come and heal every relationship so that only peace exists between myself and everyone I interact with.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.