Loving Our Neighbor Through the Fruit of Prayer


Jesus tells us how to be fruitful and to fulfill the law.

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Galatians 5:13-14

Many opportunities arise where we can love and serve our neighbor through prayer as in this recent exchange.

A man confided that he wouldn’t be at his present position much longer because he wasn’t making enough to get by.

He continued, “Unfortunately, the electric company won’t accept my smile which shows how happy I am doing this current work. And the phone company will not take my ‘making a difference’ that brings joy to my heart, as payment for my bill. So, I will turn to a trade I can do event though that is not my first choice.”

Mother Teresa tells us, “The fruit of prayer is faith.”

The man said he was grateful for having a choice and through prayer has accepted this new direction. In faith, he is confident with God’s help, he’ll find the next right position.

Two other scenarios are testimony to the fruit of prayer and faith as we serve ‘neighbors’ in love.

Two women who were let go of positions at different jobs were placed on prayer lists and received prayer from family and friends.

Through doing the necessary groundwork, greater appreciation for being employed, and prayer, both of them, ironically, started their respective new jobs this last Monday, how wonderful is that!

Easter is twenty-two days, counting today, may you . . .

 “ … add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ –2 Peter 1: 5-8

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