Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
God is love (1 John 4:16). His very nature is perfect love, but because of sin love does not always come freely and naturally to His children. You may have been raised in a home where love was not expressed. Perhaps you were hurt by someone you loved, and your heart became hardened as a defense against further pain. You may love others but not know how to express your love in words or actions. You may feel frustrated because you have been called by God to love, yet you do not understand how to love others.
God in His grace has made provision for our human weakness, and He is prepared to teach us how to love one another. There are no exceptions. God can teach us to love even that especially difficult person.
Are you struggling to love someone? God will help you. He will enable you to love your parents, your spouse, your children, your friends, or your enemy in a deeper way than you could ever love them on your own. If you do not know how to express your love in a meaningful way, God will teach you how to do this. God is the authority on love. As you relate to others, ask God through prayer to make His love overflow to them through your life. Today’s Devotional-Experiencing God-Day by Day
As I read this devotional, I asked God to help me to overcome all tendencies, either learned from my environment or genetically transmitted, which would prevent me from loving those who intentionally hurt others. God does not expect us to stay in hurtful or abusive situations (Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 2 Corinthians 6:17). But Jesus confronted the false beliefs that it was alright to hate others: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44.
Yes, loving the unlovable remains one of our most significant challenges. Even so, we must never forget that Jesus loves the unlovable, the disobedient, and the faithless, or else He would not have sacrificed His life for you and me. Nor would we be able to communicate with God through Jesus, our Heavenly Intercessor, and our Savior.
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13
God. we thank you for teaching us that hate is unacceptable, even for those who abuse and mistreat us. Please help us as we learn your definition of unconditional love. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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