Habitual Love

Habitual Love

In a Christian Fiction book I read recently, the lead character occasionally saw visions from God.  These visions allowed her to see how she could pray for various people she encountered in her daily life.   This made me wonder how many people I meet each day that have prayer needs I know nothing about.  I don’t need to have visions to have a similar power available to me right now - the love of Jesus in my heart.

I would like to start a new habit.  I want to look for opportunities to be a blessing to others, to more prayerfully and intentionally approach my human interactions.  I want to actually look into the eyes of those around me, honestly caring about the problems in their lives.  If I could develop the habit of asking, “How are you?” with a sincere desire to know the answer, I would have the opportunity to pray with others every day.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. – Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV)

I am not naturally a people-person, so all of this personal contact sounds a bit uncomfortable to me.  However, God wouldn’t tell us to walk in love unless He was willing to help us follow His instruction.  With prayer and practice and a lot of God’s help, this new habit can become a reality.

And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. – 1 John 3:23 (NKJV)