Updated: Sep 28
You may disagree, but some people are easier to love than others. I know most of you are more evolved than I am and love everyone instantly. However, from time to time, God puts a special someone in my path to test the limits of my love (none of you, okay, maybe 1 or 2). John15:17 says, "This is my command: Love each other.” This simple short verse is repeated numerous times. The thing about short verses with heavy words like 'command' and 'love' is that there is no wiggle room. There is no ambiguity. God expects us to do exactly what he says. What does this mean for me, and my attitude towards persons who I find challenging to love? Well, I go to God in prayer and ask him to adjust my attitude, and help me love sincerely from the heart. I can almost see eyes rolling in disbelief, but I'm telling you prayer works for me. Give it a try and see what happens. Furthermore, I have to ask myself, "who am I to withhold my love when Christ gives it so freely to me?.” This thought puts me in ‘my place’ every time.
My encouragement to you is to show love daily. Love is more than a warm fuzzy feeling; it is a verb. Listen patiently as your long-winded Grandmother tell that story of when she was a girl, even if you have heard it 100 times before ("Love is patient and kind"1Cor13:4). Offer to watch your sibling's 'challenging' children because you love her, and she needs a break (this will cause many of you to struggle, myself included). Pick up the phone and tell somebody you love them. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."1Cor13:13. You are all the most lovable people on the planet.
Do you agree that some people are difficult to love? Should we even try to love people that we deem unworthy? I would love to hear from you.
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