March 3, 2022
During the next weeks we are examining 1 Corinthians 13 and God’s concept of true love. You know that it’s easy to love people who love you back. But then there are times when it’s not so easy to love. The times you have been hurt and wronged. Are you still supposed to love someone who hurts you? And, if so, remember that in 1 John 3, John, one of Jesus’ closest friends, warns us that hating someone makes us murderers in our hearts. God wants us to love even those who are hard to love.
Our ability to love others on our own is limited. It’s circumstantial, based on how we feel about the other person and the way he or she treats us. But with God’s guidance, we are able to love others the way Jesus wants us to– everyone, all the time.
We can show real love because we have experienced the love of Christ. Jesus gave up His life for us before we ever knew him. That willingness to love those who don’t deserve it is what John is calling us to practice. That is what it means to be a follower of Christ.
That same passage in 1 John promises that as we open our hearts to love others, we experience a deeper relationship with God: “The one who keeps God’s commands live in Him, and He in them.” Are there people in your life that you need some extra help loving? It’s OK to be honest and ask God for help loving others. He has given us all a great capacity to love, and in His strength, we can overcome all barriers. Is anyone in your life hard to love? What is it about that person that you struggle with? God will allow you the grace to love them unconditionally. And don’t’ procrastinate on your commitment. Choose one way that you can show that person love this week. God will bless them and bless you! May God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light