Colossians 3:12-14 (NASB)
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love.”
Dedication to God is developed by commitment to one’s spiritual practices for God’s sake. Service to others is the outgoing movement of the heart prompted by compassion. It neutralizes the deep-rooted tendency to become preoccupied with our own spiritual journey and how we are doing.
The habit of service to others is developed by trying to please God in what we do and by exercising compassion for others, beginning with those with whom we live. To accept everyone unconditionally is to fulfill the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31) and it is a practical way of bearing one another’s burdens, (Galatians 6:2).
Lord, help me name the ways I have been feeling alone and isolated during the past year of crisis. Jesus, help me to give it all to You in prayer.