Some people are hard to love.
Some people do whatever they can so that you won’t try to love them anymore.
Some people… hate you and mock you and persecute you and treat you illy.
People you’ve known for years.
Some people expect you to fail and are rooting for that; to build themselves up.
Some people are so dissatisfied with themselves and their lives that they don’t know how to celebrate with others.
Some people are jealous.
Some people proclaim to live one way and live a completely different way.
Some people’s social media accounts reflect one personality, while in person another person is seen.
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So what shall we do about these people in our lives?
The people we see week after week; sometimes multiple times in a week.
The people we can’t help but be involved in one some level.
Jesus says to love them. Bear with me here.
Let’s talk about what real love looks like.
Real loves says…
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Nothing you can do will separate you from my love.
While you were still a sinner, I loved you.
I will lay down my life for you.
I forgive you for wanting me dead and gone.
I count you as worthy because you are a human being created in God’s image.
Worthy of time, attention, being heard.
Worthy of my help.
Real love bears burdens and pushes forward.
Real love doesn’t keep records of the wrong things people have done against me.
Real love chooses to forgive.
To know God is to know love, because God is love.
God helps believers to love others through the power of His Holy Spirit.
I think all of us have at least one person in our lives that is hard to love. A family member, friend, perhaps your spouse or child. We must learn to love them. We must give them the time and attention that we would want to be given. We must forgive their shortcomings and pray for God’s grace in their life to continue to change them into Christlikeness. And while we’re at it, pray for ourselves that God would complete the good work that He has begun in US. Ask God to show you in what ways YOU need to change.
Dear Lord, thankyou that you are over all things, in all things and through all things. Thank you that you have gone before me and laid down all of my steps. Thank you that you know the thoughts in my head before I think them and that you love me the same. Lord I thank you that You love others through me. Please give me the patience and the grace of Jesus as I walk through places with people that are so hard to love. Lord I thank you that you didn’t give up on us. That you continue to love your people despite our shortcomings and straight up rebellion towards you. Change the attitude of our hearts to love you wholeheartedly and to bring all things under your reign. Father I thank you that your way is the only way to life and life to the full. Thank you for sharing this truth with me. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now please help me love people. 😛 Amen.