Today's sermon at church was about how to live out the love of God. Our pastor eluded to several Scriptures in his 7-point sermon, but there was one in particular that stood out to me.
The sermon point was: God's love honors/defers to others. The first verse that was referred to was Romans 12.10, which states, "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor." Our pastor went on to explain that the term "brother love" in the Greek language was a family type of love - the way you would love your spouse or your children.
I started thinking about what kind of love that would be if it was played out in our relationships with others....
We would bring meals to those who were sick, hurting, or going through personal struggles. They would not need to ask us. We would simply know it was needed and would happily fill that need.
Our homes would always be open to anyone who wanted to stop by. We would not let the dirty dishes in our sink or the crumbs on the floor stop us from ministering to a neighbor.
We would volunteer to help others move or watch the children of a couple whose marriage was struggling so they could go on a date.
Our Saturdays would not be spent lounging around the house, watching movies and munching on popcorn. But rather, we would donate our time at a homeless shelter or grocery shop for a single mother.
Life would be so different if we treated everyone as if they were a part of our family - the way God desires us to live. This week, practice loving others as you love your own family.
And on that note, I have to get back to my family. I have a child who is quite sick, not sleeping well, and running a fever.