Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Here's a cool thing you should know about hope
; It won't be spotted traveling alone. Hope is part of a bigger family of life-giving actions and behaviors. Rarely is one found without the others. We must work to develop this twelve-pack:
1) We walk in truth
and cling to what is good. We're practicing what Jesus is preaching.
2) We hate evil
and avoid its offshoots. We steer clear of nicely dressed temptations.
3) We love our kin in Christ
and let them know. We're affectionate with kind words and deeds.
4) We give preference
to other people. We don't allow selfishness to rule us.
5) We are diligent
in our assignments. We're watchful, try hard and stay till the end.
6) We are fervent
in God's Holy Spirit. We show passion and find nothing boring.
7) We are servants
of Christ: no more, no less. We love our Boss and seek no 'higher' role.
8) We are joyful
because of our great Hope. We radiate joy to those around us.
9) We are patient
in the midst of trials. We trust God and wait for happy endings.
10) We pray without ceasing
no matter what, because prayer is our lifeline to God.
11) We share with kin.
We donate and give alms. We know we're stewards of God's property.
12) We open our homes
and hearts to others. Hospitality is God's way-- and ours.
## Hope: Reveals Its Nature (Part 18)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.