How to Love the People That are Hard for Us to Love

Happy Truthful Tuesday!

Do you have people in your life that you want to show the love of Christ to, but it feels like they’re making it hard for you?

four hands doing love signs

We did not make it easy for Jesus to love us. During His time on this earth, He was beaten, called a liar, and killed for our sins. Through all of His persecution, His first- and only -response was love.

He fought for our hearts even when we rejected Him, and even though He died for us, we still make it hard for Him everyday. Yet despite this, He finds it so easy to love us. He continually gives of Himself whether we earn it or not (and trust me, we don’t).

What is your first response?

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

      Matthew 20:28

Our love for others is not contingent on how they treat us. How we should love others was determined from the minute God sent His son. Jesus’ love was selfless- there was no question in His mind of what He was sent to do. Likewise, we were sent to be the light of the world.

So if even the Son of Man came to serve us, how much more should we extend that love to others?

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40

This is one of my favorite verses. It is an amazing reminder that all people are created in God’s image. When we do not love on His creation, we are saying that we don’t fully love Him.

You may have heard the quote, ‘what would Jesus do?’ a million times, but have you ever truly applied it to your life? If you really asked yourself this every time you were called to love the people you find hard to love, you would be called to love.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

If you have been given new life in Jesus Christ, your biggest commandment is to love- to love everyone on this earth with all you have.

I challenge you to really live this out this week. It is so easy to read this and agree and move on. Go make a difference in the world. 

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