Weeks ago, we had a tragedy in the community where I live. It was a glimpse of the wickedness of the human being that unfortunately grows every day.
When I called my mother to tell her about what happened, she told me that there were attacks in France. Besides all this, she told me about several other bad news that made me cry and pray even more. These things altogether made me cry, and to think that the love of many is really growing cold, and more and more people have been afflicted by the lack of it. The root of all evils is our lukewarmness, our fake relationship with God and consequently with others. Because of this, relationships have become fragile, superficial and less and less we know how to live in community.
A few days ago I came across this text from Romans 12: 9-21. Has our love been faked? Has the essence of love ceased to dwell in me?
This kind of love is action, it’s caring, it helps, it lifts up one another, love welcomes, counsels, and leads to the final hope, CHRIST. It is a love that points to the Creator, the one who is love in essence, GOD. It is only through this abiding love that verse 12 makes sense: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
We should pray for God to comfort these people, to relieve their hearts and that Christ may come soon. But the greatest of our efforts should be focused on prayer that pleads for God’s LOVE to abide in us and to dwell in us and change our lives. Only then will self die and love remain. And where there is love, there is fullness, joy, peace, fraternity….
“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.”