“The love that we need for ministry is not a natural ability, it’s a supernatural quality that only God can provide. When the people we serve irritate or disappoint us, the first thing we usually do is to pray for them and tell the Lord to change them. What we ought to do first is to pray for ourselves and ask God to increase our love. Otherwise, we may give the devil a foothold in our own hearts, which will create problems the next time we try to minister to those people.
How ashamedly, painfully true.
My impatience and small heart is revealed when I am so quickly tempted to give up on people.
Lord, forgive me. Enlarge my heart.