Who in your circle do you find it difficult to love?
It’s easy to love the “lovely” people in your life (the kind, the gracious, the loving) BUT, it’s much harder to love the cruel, hateful, or unappreciative.
As Christians, Jesus has called us to show love to ALL people and that includes the unlovely. Look at these verses:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:43-45)
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? (Matthew 5:46-47)
|JESUS HAS CALLED US TO LOVE ALL PEOPLE|
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. (Luke 6:32-33)
You may say to yourself “But this person does not deserve MY love!” But the truth is that GOD’s love is never deserved – It simply is! Thank God that we can call on the Spirit of God to help us to love the unlovely in our lives.
Who in your world falls into the “unlovely” category? Who is irritating, bothersome, ungrateful, or even evil and unrighteous? Who is it that makes life difficult and brings you misery and heartache? Each one of these people are to be the object of your love.
“To recognize that there is someone I do not love is to say to God, ‘I do not love you enough to love that person’ – Author Jerry Bridges
TIP FROM FAVORED LOVE – If you need to learn more about what God says on LOVE take some time today to ‘google’ scriptures on this subject.Write them down and begin to meditate on them today.
Note: The above information is a study taken from the book, “A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit” by Elizabeth George