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Love Even When Unlovable
Do you ever find yourself struggling to love others? To respond in kindness?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) tells us
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preseves.”
Compare your response or reaction to this scripture. Go down through the above scripture and ask yourself a question at each descriptive. We can apply all these questions to a Husband, Child, Wife, Boss, Pastor, Mother, Father, Aunt, Brother, Sister, etc. For example “Am I patient with my ? when they?” “Am I kind to ? when they?” “Do I wish my ? was like or compare my ? to someone else’s ?” “Am I trying to boast and be self-seeking for approval or praise? Or am I truly proud and humble about my ? accomplishments.”
This is an excellent way to check your reactions and your motives. The key to loving and being kind and so on, is to respond to the need, not react to the action, hurt, or whatever else is causing you to not live this scripture out the way God intended. NO, not everybody is lovable all the time and we may feel like they do not deserve kindness, but be honest and check yourself. Are you always the example of a lovable person who deserves everyone’s kindness all the time? I know I’m not.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)
Yes. It is hard to do this, but Jesus loved us so much He bore our sins on His shoulders. If He can love someone like me, or someone like that person you are in the midst of writing off from your life, think about these scriptures and what God did for you and those you have trouble loving. No, you won’t be perfect, but you will be striving for perfection in your witness to others showing Christ’s characteristics. Stick with it! Imagine if God had given up on you.