How Do You Love?
How do you love someone that continues to go down destructive paths no matter how much guidance you try to offer?
How do you love someone that always points out the negative but never seems to see the positive?
How do you love that boss that always takes the credit for the successes, but points their fingers anytime something fails?
How do you love that neighbor who refuses to monitor their children’s behavior and allows them to wreck havoc on the entire neighborhood?
How do you love that family member or friend that is always asking for a hand-out but is always unavailable if you need assistance?
How do you love that mean usher that refuses to smile or be polite at church?
How do you love your ex-husband or wife who refuses to make the children a priority?
How do you love that parent that was completely absent from your life as a child?
God gives the answer to these and every other, “How do you love …?” question in John 15:12. Simply put God says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Whoa, do you know what this means?
It means you can’t keep count of the times they let you down. You can’t constantly remind them of what they’ve done. You can’t attach conditions to your love. You can’t withhold your forgiveness towards them.
Love is not passive, it’s an action word. It won’t always be easy to love but God commands it, therefore we must try to show the love of God to everyone we come in contact with even if we don’t think they deserve it.
So yes, I know that woman at the checkout counter was just very rude to you … love her anyway!
Scripture Of The Day: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." - John 13:34 (NIV)