Respond: It is admirable to want to love the world well. But the way we live this out is to love those next to us well. If you want a marker to determine how you are doing in your faith, ask yourself these questions: Am I a more loving, patient, encouraging person than I was a year ago? How do I do loving those who annoy me?
Can I show love to someone who believes the exact opposite thing of what I believe?
Do I withhold love from those who I feel don’t deserve it from me?
React: Conduct a love test on yourself. How do you do in those areas? Where can you grow in loving those right next to you?
Pray: God help us be more loving than we are in one month from now. Show us where we can love like you better. Help us love those around us well.