January 25 – Don’t Pretend
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
R OMA N S 1 2 : 9
Have you unwrapped a present only to discover you didn’t actually want it? Perhaps it was a hideous sweater or last year’s trendy item or a gift card to a store you didn’t like. When you unwrapped those sorts of presents (and I know you have), have you pretended to be thankful? Perhaps you said, “Oh, thank you! That was so thoughtful. I love it.”
Many people have been hurt by others who say they love them but who actually are pretending, wishing for someone else to love. Jesus wants you to be honest, but not in a “Oh, I can’t stand you” sort of way. He wants to reshape your heart so that you can receive people and truly say to them, “I am thankful for you in my life and I want to care for you.” After all, He received
you and rejoiced in the process.
Pray for the Day:
Lord Jesus, help me grow closer to you and become authentically true. As much as it might cost me, don’t allow me to get away with being fake today. Help me to truly love people like you do. Amen.