In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus observed that it is quite natural to love those who love us. Left only to our natural ways, we would hate our enemies. But Christ calls us to love our enemies by allowing God to love them through us when we can’t do it on our own.
And when we walk with God and love the unlovely with HIS love we become a testimony to what HE can do in a person’s life. Our life then bears the mark of God.
Jesus enables us to serve the very persons who insults, snubs, or hurts us. In fact, such injury makes us far more dependent on God as we seek to obey His commands and love.
Do you seek to love the difficult, ungrateful, unkind, unlovely people in your world for Christ sake? If you can see Jesus in the person who causes you pain, you’ll-by the power of the Holy Spirit- be able to extend God’s love to that person (Romans 5:5)
God’s love is there for us to give, and we who follow Christ need to remember that those who are hardest to love are the ones who need it (love) the most.