Love one another. John 13:34
For me, it’s difficult to lavish my love on others. Especially, when they don’t return love or initiate it. It truly is a sacrafice to love people at times. For me anyways.
I know I should love like Christ, but my imperfections(stubborness) make it difficult. Especially, when I feel like I try and try and nothing is returned. Nevertheless, I still try.
But I find it easier to lavish my love on God. Because His love never fails. It is a revolving door. Unending. Unfailing. Even when I don’t “feel” like giving worship or love unto the Lord, I seem to be able to deny my flesh, easier, to honor and praise the lover of my soul.
We are told to love others, to love our neighbors, to pray for our enemies even. Im being blunt here, but loving those who don’t love you…thats difficult. Yet, we are reminded that Christ loved us even when we were far off…even when we were sinners. (Romans 5:8)
Side note: those who may be reading this my ask, “oh so she really doesn’t love me all those times she acted as if she did she really didn’t?” It’s not that I don’t love people. I do! But I’ve been in some situations where it was a lot harder to love someone because of their actions towards me. I know I’m not alone in this. Does it make it right? No! But the more I grow in the Lord the more I can love the way he loves. And if you’re feeling now that I never loved you in the past. Please don’t think that. I do. I’m just talking in general about situations that we may struggle with with some people. As well as, situations that I have had with some people.
I know I’m not perfect like Christ, but I strive to demonstrate Him to others. (John 13:35) becuase if we don’t how will they know Gods love? I know the more I follow Christ, the more I seek Him, the less of my flesh will rise up. I will love how He loves. My heart will break how His heart breaks over those who are lost. Those who need a Savior.
So my challenge, is to love even when love is not returned. It is crucifying the flesh with all its emotions. Denying all selfishness of, “but, what about my feelings?” And loving like Christ loved us.