I Thessalonians 3:12 reads, “may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people.” Pray that the Lord would deepen your love …
… for the people in need – even those with long-term needs that will require months or years or a lifetime of giving.
… for the people you personally find irritating or frustrating.
… for the people who are so easy to overlook – the homeless, the hungry, the poor, the helpless, the disenfranchised.
… for the people who are actively seeking the destruction of the Christian faith.
… for the people you find revolting, perverted, criminal, and cruel.
This is the measure of Christ's love, so it must be the measure of our love as well.