i'm caught in a place in various relationships where i feel like all i can do is pray. for people, for circumstances. i can't ever change people; i can only be a light for Christ to them; i can only pray for the Holy Spirit to move within them.
it saddens me because i want to do more for them, but it's not me that can change the inner being and thoughts of someone. that's God.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.