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  • Writer's pictureMandy

sincere love

“I need to tell you something.”

As I stood in the middle of a hot, humid gym, I stopped what I was doing to look into the dark brown eyes of my friend, Zeus. He nervously wiped beads of sweat from his forehead, and slowly began to share what was on his heart.

“Mandy, the Lord has been nudging me all day to remind you of something. I don’t know why, but He wants me to encourage you to remember that He lives inside of you and that you have joy.”

I melted with gratitude for his courage to act on what the Holy Spirit had asked him to share. Zeus didn’t know this at the time, but I was walking through a season of transition and my faith tank was running low. Because of Zeus’ courage to listen to a nudge from the Holy Spirit, my attention was redirected from the instability I was feeling in life to the stability found in Jesus. He stepped out of his comfort zone to show brotherly love that day, and it was the exact encouragement my heart needed.

Romans 12:9-10 says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (NIV)”

Sincere love shows up in the form of an encouraging word, paying for someone’s meal, or simply listening well. Pride moves aside. The Holy Spirit may lead you to get out of your comfort zone, to talk with someone new, or have a conversation in a setting that may seem a little strange. You can do it! God will help you where He leads you. Our influence is meant for kingdom level impact.

When God thinks of the best way to spread sincere love, you come to mind.

Who is one person you can love well today?


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