I just want to love people. 🥰
But, sometimes people are so hard to love. 😔
I guess that’s why Jesus made it a point to tell us to “love our enemies.”
He knows how grumpy and selfish we can all be. Please tell me I’m not the only one? Lol
God gives us a lot of instructing on how to treat others.
Romans 15:7 says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
And, in the 10 Commandments, God taught us to:
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:12-17)
And, in this passage in Matthew 5, Jesus tells us like it is:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Love. It’s an imperfect and hard thing for us, but for our Father in Heaven, it is what HE is. He is love. And, he gave us the examples and encouragement we need to be just like Him.
Is there someone who God is telling you to love today? Trust God in it, and tell me how he blessed you below in the comments.
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