Choose Love over Selfishness

Choose Love over Selfishness

September 9

Read: ROMANS 13:8-10

Love is not only the incentive that inspires our actions, it is the principle by which our actions are managed. Loving others is, therefore, the outcome of grace and the fulfillment of the law.

Loving others is celebrating their accomplishments, truly feeling and carrying their pains, mourning their deaths and disappointments, confronting painful truths, singing for those who have no voice, listening with the heart, telling your real story, dreaming for those who can’t, painting real butterflies in imaginary gardens, planting seeds in a desert, welcoming the refugee, the nameless, and the forgotten. Loving others is making soup and chamomile tea when they are sick, showing up when they are lonely, holding their hand when they are afraid, playing the saxophone when they are grumpy, catching up their tears when they need to cry. Loving others is showing them the way when they are lost.

Dear Lord, help me to love my forgotten and lonely neighbor. AMEN.

About the Author

Pia Peña Restrepo is an ordained Covenant pastor and missionary serving with her husband, Eugenio, as regional coordinator to Latin America and the Caribbean.

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