Hebrews 13:1 NLT
“Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.”
Often we get so caught up in our own lives and our own worries that the needs of others tend to drift away. Unconsciously it becomes a matter of “how will I be able to _______.” We continuously focus on our problems and troubles to where we can’t see anything but our struggles.
I have recently noticed a few people in my life who are always concerned about others’ well-being. Not just a formal, “how are you doing today?” but a genuine concern for the other person’s feelings, family, and spirit. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to love our neighbor as we love our self. However, that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy.
You might be thinking, “No way am I going to love John Doe like a brother. He is rude and has no respect for others.” That’s exactly the point! When we show love to the people that we don’t necessarily like, that is when we show the most devotion to God.
Reading on in Hebrews 13, it states that you should, “Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.” Prison may not be as literal as it sounds. It could be financial prison, relational prison, or anything that is holding you back from growing with the Lord.
Instead of focusing on our own problems, we should strive to relate to those around us, and lift them up in their time of need. I have a friend who was going through a rough time with one of her family members. We talked through it and she worked it out. I didn’t realize it at the time, but while she was fixing her relationship with that family member, I was also gracefully enlightened on how to fix a friendship of my own that had been causing problems in my life.
Often, we give the best advice to others without realizing that it is relevant in our own life. I believe God does this as a subtle reminder that we are all human and we all have room to grow. However, that does not mean that we have to grow alone. Find a buddy or two that you trust and with whom you are comfortable sharing your thoughts. They may have gone through the same thing you are going through and vice versa. Learning to grow with one another, in turn, building your relationship with the Lord.
~ Jeanie Mahon