10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality (Romans 12).
A week ago today was Valentine’s Day, a day set aside for couples celebrating their romantic love for one another—a love boasted by both that will never end—yet, often does. Added to this is the declaration by our Lord that this kind of love will indeed end and not even be celebrated in heaven (Matthew 22:30). Today’s Scripture is about a love that will never end: a love—not just between two people—but a love between brothers and sisters in Christ.
In a few days it will be Sunday, when Christians gather together as saints of God. It is a day set aside for them to celebrate both their love for the Savior, as well as their love for one another. They celebrate a love that diligently and fervently puts personal preference aside in order to honor others; a love that feels the pain of others who are experiencing tribulation, praying for them and contributing to their needs—even showing hospitality to believers they don’t even know, by welcoming them into their homes—rejoicing in the hope of eternal life with them.
Lord, You know how much we love our spouses (and we are trying to keep in mind how important it is to maintain that love), but it seems from Your Word today that our love for the brethren should exceed even this. Help us This Day to love the brethren like we should. Amen.