Revive Me, Week 35– A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Help Others Stay Faithful
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another,
because love covers a multitude of sins.”
(1 Peter 4:8)
In a lesson for women entitled, “When My Love for Man Grows Weak,” I shared this verse and said, “Sincere love for one another is what keeps our relationships intact despite our shortcomings. But yesterday I heard a different application. Brett Petrillo, our youth minister, said that when we show love to a brother or sister, we are keeping them from going wayward. That really caught my attention! The point of his whole lesson was that when we all work together we can accomplish much. If one of us demonstrates love to a fellow Christian, that’s good. But if we ALL do our part to actively love that same Christian, he or she will be less likely to wander off into the world.
Doesn’t that add an even greater motivation to love others? And it makes perfect sense. If we’re loving like we should, we will be patient and kind (1 Cor. 13:4). We will gently warn those who seem to be drifting and will help bear their burdens as they struggle (Gal. 6:1,2). We will be with them through their bad times (Prov. 17:17). We will give of ourselves (1 John 4:10,11). And from our text (1 Pet. 4:8), the next verses tell us how to show that love that covers a multitude of sins. “Be hospitable to one another” (v. 9). “Serve one another” (v. 10).
What better way to grow closer to the Lord than to do our part to help others stay close to Him as well?
Suggestions for the Week:
- There are members of your congregation who might be growing weary in their work, who feel lonely or left out, or who feel like the odd-man-out because they’re single or divorced. Choose one of those individuals or couples and have them into your home this week. Focus on them. Let them know you’re paying attention. Pray with them.
- Keep your eyes open when you meet with the saints. Seek out those you don’t get to speak to as often. Ask how they’re doing in a way that invites specific answers. Listen to them and hug them.
- Send a few “for no reason” cards to let brand new Christians, teens, or struggling members know you care.
- Who hasn’t been to worship in a while? Call them and let them know you miss them.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.