Episode 23 is very special because we are celebrating 6 months of the podcast! In this episode, host and Minister Shawn Lawrimore reflects on the process of birthing Bridging the Gap. If you’ve been enjoying the messages of love, connection, purpose and encouragement from this community, get comfortable to hear the origin story and this week’s message.
Shawn penned a message of devotion this week, titled, ‘Love Must Be Sincere’ which begins, “Children of God are recognized by their love for God and for each other. Paul tells the Christians in Rome that their love must firstly be sincere. All of us are usually so busy with our own things that we have precious little time and attention left for other people. This is one of the reasons why our love is not always sincere. We pretend to be interested in other people’s problems, while we actually only care about our own problems.
The original Greek text refers to an actor wearing a mask. Sincere love is therefore love without a mask. It is a love that is genuine and sincere, a love that puts others first, so that my own interest are less important. In ourselves we are not capable of such a love, because it is the type of love with which God lies us. God is love and only He can teach us to love like that; to see other people as He sees them; to look past the faults and shortcomings and love the people behind them.” Read the entire message here.
This episode was also inspired by the recently released single, Level Up by Ciara.