God has called us to a vulnerable love for others. This is plainly not possible without the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit quickening our hearts day by day and moment by moment. Ultimately the harvest that Jesus deserves in this generation will be reaped by a love that refuses to back down. Indeed what is the proper response to the majesty of our God if not a radically obedient love? This world has warped our understanding of love. Please Lord restore us and set us free from the prison of uncaring, unforgiving, and unloving. Set our hearts on eternity! Give us a renewed sensitivity to the needs of everyone, especially to the body of Christ. Let one more obstacle to the harvest fall as our stony hearts give way. Let the abundant life of love powered by Jesus Christ arise in us!
For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.