As a pastor I have sat on many a couch as I visited with individuals in their homes. Some of the couches were called sofas or chesterfields. Each seat, each home, had a story. These homes were often filled with laughter, but there were countless that were filled with sadness, depression and longing for something more.
Too often, when we pop by to visit with a friend or relative, we are there to share something that has been going on in our lives. We dump out our joys and concerns, eat a biscuit, sip a tea (or wine), look at our watch and decide it’s time to go. Let’s face it, some people are much easier to visit than others!
“Let all that you do be done in love,” (verse 14) means that popping by is not just about us. We are called to be authentic, genuine and intentional. When that happens in your life, the people around you will see and experience your faith, and that is contagious.
Holy God, work in us your great love, so that it may be felt and shared by many. Amen. — SNN