John 13:34 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
As children of God, we know that He has called us to love people.
Seems pretty easy, right?
Think about the people you love. Who comes to mind? Most likely, you think of your family, friends, teammates, and others who are close to you.
Now, think about the people who push your buttons. Maybe there’s a colleague, schoolmate, or even an acquaintance that you don’t feel particularly fond of.
Do you love that person?
Personally, I am guilty of having bitterness towards certain people. When they come to mind, I associate them with negative feelings. A lot of times, love is not something that would come to mind when thinking of them.
However, I had to come to the realization that love isn’t just something that you feel. You must choose love. Just like most things in life, you must make the conscious choice to love someone. Many times, society thinks the opposite. Some believe that love is merely a feeling. However, if love were just a feeling, it would be fleeting. It would come and go because no person is perfect. They’re going to upset and disappoint you from time to time.
The world is so crazy in this day and age. So many unfortunate events are taking place. I, myself, have felt some anger toward people I don’t agree with morally or politically.
But, my job is not to judge or condemn. Instead, my job is to love. I am to love like Jesus because we are vessels of the Lord. Our lives are testimonies of the good news of Jesus Christ.
Does that mean we let people walk all over us? Absolutely not! Does that mean we’re not going to feel angry sometimes? No, we’re human. It is normal to feel anger. It is what we choose to do with that anger that matters.
Our goal in this life is to share the love of God. We are aliens to this world, but we have influence. If there is something in society that we need to address, we should do so with a humble spirit and a gentle tone. I’m still learning this!
So today, no matter how you feel toward someone, show them God’s love. They may need it the most. Speak gentle, uplifting words. Share your opinions with dignity and grace. Choose to love.
God bless you,