Let’s talk about loving folks. It’s Summer, which isn’t the easiest time of year to love others if you wrestle with the heat.
In Scripture, we are urged to consider how we treat others. We are taught to love God and love people. But, what if we struggle profoundly with loving people?
There are a variety of Scriptures we could turn to and quote. But, let’s stick with Romans 12:9 – “Don’t pretend to love others. Really love them.”
Bottom line: As God’s children, we absolutely cannot only love those that love us. This is what nonbelievers do. How can we allow our lives to scream the Gospel and glory of God – if we are not allowing Jesus Christ to shine through us?
Applying Scriptures to real live relationships is hard, especially if you have difficult to love people in your life. In order to allow my life to scream the Gospel and His glory, I have to be increasingly more careful about how I interact with others.
Yet, this is what I am urged to do: love despite others’ unloving remarks and treat every interaction as an opportunity to serve our Risen Lord! I have to cry out to the Lord for His strength and help, so I can glorify Him in this difficult relationship.
I have to remember to rest and refocus as I spend time with this person. What we give in time and other resources is absolutely a ministry – all on its own. And I have to keep reminding myself that He is my ever present help in times of trouble. The relationship can grow and cause spiritual fruit to show up our lives.
Reflection: How are you loving that difficult friend or family member – when you feel as though you have nothing to give? How can you better prepare your heart to love the unlovable person in your life? How have you witnessed the Gospel and glory of God loudly on display, as you love others?
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