“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.” – 2 John 1:6
We are called to walk in obedience to His commands. His commands, as they have been from the beginning, can be summed up in this: we are to love God and love one another.
Though a simple statement, it is not always easy to do. Loving God, because He first loved us, is more easily obeyed than the latter. To return love to One who loves us, is a rather natural response. However, to love those who hate, persecute, defile, slander use or abuse, is an entirely different animal. To love where we are loathed is only possible if we are powered by our Provider. He helps point out the plank in our own eye, so that we may see past the sin against us, and become aware that we too, hurt those around us.
I have found that what helps me most, when it comes to loving the “less loveable”, is that as I ask for His eyes to see them, I am made aware of the awful aches that fuel the less than fantastic behaviors and attitudes of my adversaries. As I allow His heart to guide my sight, I find that my heart softens toward them, and I am empowered to forgive and extend kindness, fueled by my Father’s lavish love toward me.
No, this does not mean we are to leap into the lion’s den and expect not to get eaten, rather it is an exhortation to be open to hear what He is asking. How am I meant to show His love to others today?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are equipped to extend love because of the enormous love You have for us; as You did not withhold even Your own Son, so that we might know Your love, and lavish the love You’ve given, on the lonely and the broken before us. Forgive us for withholding love, as You do not withhold love from us. Teach us how to love like You, so that our world in need may come to know You – the greatest Love of all. Amen.