Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
– Romans 12:9-21
We can do six things that will assure ourselves that we don’t lose any focus in our lives. In fact, if we stay constant in these areas we can draw closer to God instead of falling away from Him.
V.9: Love God – Love God, Hate sin! We must make sure that everything we do brings glory to God. We must take a step back and think about each action before we do them and ask, “does this bring Glory to God?” We must realize that everything we do, big or small, should always bring glory and honor to God to show Him how much we love Him.
V.10, 14, 17-18: Love one another – We must love everyone, at all costs, no matter what people do to us or how they treat us!
V.11: Serve the Lord – Serve the Lord with passion and zeal and allow His fire to burn inside you. (Daily devotions like this will keep the fire hot!)
V.12: Be consistent in prayer – A strong prayer life is essential to make it through all of life’s ups and downs and to combat against whatever the enemy throws at you.
V.13, 15, 20-21: Contribute to the needs of others – If we can learn to keep our focus on the needs of others, we will allow God to move on our behalf. Staying active in serving others will keep the blessings of God active in our lives.
V.16: Be Humble – Don’t let pride tell you that you don’t need God or that you can do it on your own. Look to help others instead of being critical of them.
Confession for today: “Holy Spirit, help me each and every day to follow Your Word so that I will not lose focus in my life, but instead always be drawing closer to God in every area of my life.”
Seek Him first!