“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what
is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” – Romans 12:9 (NLT)
In college, I learned a tough lesson about friendship. Working as a custodian at a church, a friendly guy invited me to play basketball with him. Excitedly, I agreed. Later, he asked to use the school gym after hours. As the custodian, I had the key, but I said it was closed. Disappointed, he distanced himself and wasn’t as friendly from then on. I realized he wasn’t a true friend but only wanted me for gym access.
This experience taught me the importance of genuine love and discernment, echoing Romans 12:9 – “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” Love isn’t just words; it’s authentic care and meaningful connections.
As Christ’s followers, we’re called to sincerely love, reflecting our Savior’s warmth. It’s not about appearing friendly; it’s about genuinely caring for others. The verse also urges us to discern right from wrong in relationships. I had to discern hidden motives in my situation.
Reflect on your relationships. Are they built on genuine love, or are there hidden agendas? Embrace the chance to love authentically, discerning what’s right. By doing so, we mirror Christ’s love, fostering relationships grounded in truth and sincere affection.
“As Christ’s followers, we’re called to sincerely love, reflecting our Savior’s warmth.”
Tip of the Day
Today, strive for authentic connections by genuinely caring for others, steering clear of hidden motives, and discerning what’s right in your relationships. Reflect Christ’s love through sincerity and truth.
Heavenly Father, grant me the strength to love authentically, discern hidden motives, and foster relationships grounded in truth and warmth. Help me reflect Christ’s love in sincerity. May my connections be genuine, mirroring Your divine affection. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
Pause and Reflect
How can I be sure my relationships are sincere, and how will I ensure my interactions with others are grounded in genuine care?
Reflecting on the highlighted quote, “As Christ’s followers, we’re called to sincerely love, reflecting our Savior’s warmth,” how can I mirror the love demonstrated by Jesus?
Considering the tip of the day to strive for authentic connections, what practical steps can I take today to genuinely care for others, avoid hidden motives, and discern what is right in my relationships?