Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
We live in a hyper-competitive culture. Whether it’s in school, work, sports or other achievements, we are all driven to find and maintain success. From a young age, so much of our energy is devoted to trying to validate our worth and our heads are filled with the old song “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.”
The Bible is clear: It won’t be our achievements, accolades, or bank accounts we are known for. It will be our love. Today’s passage in Romans emphasizes that if we are going to fight to be the best in anything, it should be in our love.
How would it feel to be a person who is characterized by hope, patience, and service? Those all point to a life that is defined by loving well and being well-loved. People will remember the way we treated them before they remember our name, title, or net worth.
Thought of the day: What are some ways you can outdo others in the way you love at home, in your job, and in your relationships?
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for setting such a high bar on what it looks like to love selflessly. Help me to put my ambition toward building a legacy of love, and not just a legacy of stuff.