“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. …If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4.15, 20-21)
That’s a hard one, isn’t it?
One time I said to God, “God, do you SEE how she’s treated me, again?” Yeah, He probably got a good chuckle from that! I knew He saw. What my heart was saying that my words didn’t was: Have much more of this do I have to put up with? I was not at a good place.
I am one of them.
Yet He’s chosen to love me.
There is only one way to express thanks for this love –
Love the way He commands me: Love Him. Love them … the hard-to-love.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped…” (Psalm 28.7a)
The more we love Jesus, His love opens our heart to trust Him. His love washes over the hardness, uncovering our wounds or sin, or both. His love moves us toward surrender – to love for Him.
FOR HIM. ON HIS BEHALF. MESSENGERS. FOR HIS GLORY.
We don’t love to receive love.
We love others in response to God’s love for us.
Help me love You MOST, Jesus, and trust You as I choose to love the people who are hard to love. Amen.