Tuesday's Thought

Loving Downright Unlovable People

I remember a woman dumped in the middle of the highway. Her belongings were scattered about, and she dove between cars to collect each article. I remember my dad’s tone and compassion. This woman mattered.

Whether through social media or in person, I want to live a life that shows I care about others.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another,even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

This command specifically refers to believers, but Jesus also told us to love our neighbors. Love is important to God. See people tend to be selfish, mean, and even at times weird. We exclude ourselves from these categories, thinking we’re somehow above them. We don’t want to be identified with such characters, but that’s not really love.

And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him,“You have judged correctly…For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Luke 7:40-43, 47

Sometimes when I have a hard time loving people, I reflect on this verse. Has God not forgiven me for more? I know my heart is sometimes not in the right place. People matter to God, and my love for others tells the world who I serve.

So whether it be a traffic offense, a rude social media post, or just someone who seems a tad different, I am called to love relentlessly. This doesn’t mean I don’t address sin, but I always address it in such a way to reflect my loving Father’s mercy. That’s a challenge which will take a lifetime. However, Jesus said it’s the one way I could make my faith known. If you’re looking for further reading in this area, check out Matthew 18:21-35.

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