Loving the Unlovable

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Mark 12:30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

There are people who don’t think like we do. There are people who “get on our nerves” so to speak. There are drivers who make road rage a little easier than others. Loving them is a little on the tough side.

Recently, I have been learning and relearning that even if others are unloving in word or in action, my response is my choice. Acting like Jesus by loving others even when they misread us can be a supernatural act for sure. But remember this, Jesus showed us how to do that while on the cross when He asked, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

It takes God’s strength as the Holy Spirit leads us to love as Jesus commanded. It is amazing to me that He willingly overwhelms us with His love which can then flow out of us to others.

It may seem strange at first to say a kind work or do something kind for someone we don’t like, but supernatural love comes with supernatural strength when we ask God to help us obey His command to love.

So today, I hope you will pray for me and I will pray for you as we look for an opportunity to be a Good Samaritan to someone. Who knows what God is up to in our lives today? He might even change us.

And there you go.

I Love You

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1 John 4:11 says,Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

When my mother was around while my brother and I engaged in sibling rivalry, she disciplined us. We were told to hug each other and say, “I love you”.

At the time, it was YUCKY! But what do you know? To this day I DO love my brother.

Sometimes he was annoying! Sometimes he made me so mad! Sometimes I wanted to slug him, and there were times I wished I didn’t even have a brother. Can anyone relate?

But God’s word tells us we should love others because He loves us. So here are a few ideas of how we might go about doing that.

  • A busy clerk needs a word of kindness.

  • A worn out teacher needs a hug and a smile.

  • Someone you meet today may need to hear the words, I love you. Perhaps they have a need where you can provide answers or aid.

Find someone you can love on today.

And there you go.

Yes, Jesus Loves You!

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John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Now why do you think God would love the world full of people like you and me? He could have lived without us. And why love us so much when we cause so much havoc for Him? We wonder why things on earth are so bad sometimes. It wasn’t because He wanted it that way. Our sin and selfishness cause much of the ills we see in society. And all the while, His love, graciousness, and patience keep Him from zapping us all.

He is a God of judgment, but His first choice is to love. Judgment will come if we reject His love, but He wants us to accept Him and His love before that has to happen.

He loves you, my friend. Believers, share this fact today. Live it out! If someone has yet to receive this love, don’t hesitate anymore. Because yes, Jesus loves you. The Bible tells us so.

And there you go!

Abounding in Love

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Psalms 86:5 says, You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

I have heard it said love is not a feeling. But if that is true then what is the strong emotion I feel for my husband and children? How do we define that?

Love is an act of kindness and compassion toward others that leads them to find God for themselves. And this being so, sometimes love must do courageous and even hard things such as not allowing another person to continue in sin even if it means being perceived as unloving by the person.

For example, I dearly love all five of my children more than I can say. If they are heading the wrong direction and walking in sin in any way, I will lovingly tell them to change direction. God’s way is the only way for them to truly live and learn what love is for themselves. This “type” of loving, while not easy, causes the recipient to abound in love. Not only abound in my love but the love of the Lord

We will more fully understand the abounding love of the Father when we are loved enough by someone who will tell us what we need to hear to bring us to call on Him. For it is His loving kindness that leads us to repentance. This leads to action as well as the emotion of abounding love for God and for others.

And there you go!

Perfect Love

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1 John 4:18 says, There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.

The problem is our love is not perfect. However, it could be if we allowed Jesus’ love to flow through us.

Notice this verse does not say we won’t have fear, but that perfect love casts it out. So when we even start to fear we need to remind the enemy that Jesus’ love in us dismisses fear from our mind.

Afraid of sharing Christ with others? His love casts out fear.

Afraid of losing a relationship? His love casts out fear.

Afraid you can’t face another day? His love casts out fear!

Afraid of death and dying? His love casts out fear!

And His love and power gives us the victory as we obey His directives and carry out His will.

Oh what a thought! He loves me, and I can love others because He loves me. So fear, take a hike!

And there you go!

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