In the movie “A Walk to Remember” the character Nicholas Sparks recites a verse from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
“Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”
This is a powerful statement that shows the qualities of Love. We often have no problem at all showing the people we love these qualities. We’ll go out of our way to help them, give them gifts, encourage, uplift and positively influence their lives. But what about the unlovable?
Everybody can admit or relate to the fact that there are many people we know or work with, or are around every single day, that we do not love or even like for that matter. In fact, we try to avoid contact with them because of the way they treat us and the evil things they do to us.
Having love for these types of people is hard and may even at times feel utterly impossible. But have you ever bothered to look past their actions to what has caused them to become the way they are? It is often said; “people who are hurting inside hurt others.“ It is so important to really love those who hurt us and really pray for them.
In God’s Word it says that we need to love not only the people who love us, but those who hate us. This can be seen in Luke 6:35,36:
”But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Love is powerful and has the ability to overcome all evil, this is because God is Love. In today’s world love is becoming less and less, and you can see that it is greatly affecting the nations of the world. Even though it is difficult we need to stop looking at the sin, and start looking at the sinner.
If we continue to look past the sins of our enemies and show God’s love to them, we will not only be honoring God, but will showing and teaching our enemies what real love is. True love is very contagious, and sooner or later your enemies will begin to change and you will see more love and positive actions coming from them.
John 15:12- “My Command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
1 john 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is love.”
Passage to Read
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. You have loved me at my worst and have given me your best. Please forgive me for not loving others like you have commanded. Help me to love others through your love. Open my eyes to see them as you see them, so my heart may be filled with compassion. I thank you for this in Jesus’ name. Amen”