Loving someone is a choice, being in love with someone is not. Loving someone means wanting them to do well, being in love means putting them first.
Do you remember the day you said “I do” to your spouse, or the first time your baby kicked inside your tummy, or the feeling you had the first time you held your grandbaby?
You knew you would do anything for that person. You would even die for them. You only wanted the best for them at any cost. Now let’s try to think of what the world would be like if everyone felt like that about absolutely everyone.
God’s desire is that we love one another even as He has loved us.
I had been going to the church for a number of years when a particular person started coming to the church as well. We had a horrible history with each other and, I have to be honest, I couldn’t stand being anywhere near him. Every time I saw him an anger would well up inside of me. I knew this was not what God wanted, but I could not bring myself to like him, let alone love him. So, I started to pray. I asked God to put a love inside of me for him. It took quite a bit of time and lots of endurance, but one day he walked into the church and I didn’t have that awful feeling of anger and despisement well up in me. Instead, I felt a love for him, which I didn’t believe was possible. I could actually talk to him and feel like he was my brother. A compassion rose up inside of me towards him. It was the power of God’s love flowing from me.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
“And may the Lord increase your love until it overflows toward one another and for all people.”
Although we may feel that others don’t deserve unconditional love, we don’t have the right to hold back the gift of love. As God loves us unconditionally, so we are to love others the same.
– Jodi Berg