"“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:43–45, NKJV)
Loving those who love you is easy. Loving the unlovable is challenging. Will you rise to that challenge today?
Will you reach out in some small loving way to those who mistreat you, who ignore you, who despise you, who reject you, who have hurt you? It is not about what they have or have not done to you or for you, but what you are willing to do for them. That is the love of Christ embodied, for His greatest love is demonstrated not when we are at our best, but when we are at our worst. He forgives our sins. What more could we ask? What more can we do in the face of such grace?
Reach out in some small way to the one who it might be hard to reach out. Exercise faith and let love rule in your heart, not hurt or hate. Others will respond as they will respond, but you will be blessed for imitating our Lord who love us. You can love the unlovable! The question is, will you?
Father, help me to overcome the failings in my love with the power of Your love. Grant me the courage and the will to reach out from a heart filled with your love to those who have loved me so little. Give me a great love today and every day. Through your Son I pray.