The act of praying seems kind of odd when you think about. To the unfamiliar eye, it can seem like we are having a one way conversation with ourselves, often times with our eyes closed and hands grasped together. But even seasoned Christians can have differing views and understandings on what prayer is and why it is important. I admit that even as a current seminarian student who grew up in the church, I still can’t fully grasp how prayer works.
…love is kind… 1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV.
One translation of today’s simple verse says that “love looks for a way to be constructive.” In other words, love looks for ways to improve someone else’s life. Love brings out the best in other people. Don’t just get up in the morning thinking about yourself or how you can make your own life better. Think about how you can make someone else’s life better. Ask yourself, “Who can I encourage today?” “Who can I build up?” You have something to offer those around you that no one else can give. Someone in your life needs your encouragement. Someone in your life needs to know that you believe in them. I believe God will hold us responsible for the people He’s put in our lives. He’s counting on us to bring out the best in our family and friends.
Loving people is hard. Living up to how we are commanded to love in the Scriptures seems unfathomable and daunting. It seems nearly impossible get through the mountain of selfishness, arrogance, self-righteousness, judgment, impatience, and numerous other deterrences that keep us from loving. Sometimes loving my neighbor as myself, sure - as long as they treat me well. But how do I love my enemy patiently? kindly? How do I pray for people who spew injustice into the world? How do I love my future wife the way Christ loved (and continues to love) the Church? I can’t.
But, we are told that a faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Awesome! Sometimes in my delusion I feel like I have the faith of an avocado seed. I should be able to move planets with that. Often I miss the point. It’s not about how much faith in God I have. It’s important that I just have faith. It’s important that my focus is on God and not on myself. Only then will I have a chance to show Christ-like love.
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