Romans 12:10-13 NKJV “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.”
We are living in a world filled with challenges, but God expects us to respond to the challenges with Christian-like attitude. When bad news comes, when challenges arise, when people do you evil, when agitating and angry people come your way, what is your response? Is it in anger, is it in retaliation, or is it in love? Do you have self-control, or do you lose control and give in to your emotions? You can get to a place where no matter what is going on around you or how people are treating you, you can respond in faith, love, and compassion. To get to that place, you need to build faith on the inside of you and develop walking in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). When you first start out working on how you respond to situations in faith, love, and compassion, you may get frustrated at how many times you mess up. But do not give up! One day, something that normally would have triggered your emotion will not even bother you. Instead, you will have a supernatural response of peace, joy, love, and faith. Then you can rejoice that you are growing and maturing spiritually!