“For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:8, ESV)
Thank you, Lord Jesus. It is not our affection, which is fickle and human and weak, at best. It is your affection that flows through our hearts.
Yes, it is still my longing, but it is much deeper and strong than my affection alone; it is “Christ in me the hope of Glory” that brings the longing. Even on the days when we don’t long very well or much, Jesus’ is our source and supply for love and caring.
Let him long for and love others—through you.