Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
As seen in the word of God, we are to FIRST love the Lord our God with everything in us…. we are also to love our neighbors as our self. This can be very hard to do at times. In life, we meet some pretty “unlovable” people… annnndd at times, those “unlovable” people can be family, friends, spouse, and if we can really be honest sometimes the unlovable person is the one in the mirror staring back at us.
As children of God we are to be His hands here on earth. Are you extending Gods love, patience, kindness, compassion, and long suffering to others? Or Are you short tempered and never understanding with your peers?
God gives us new grace and mercies each and every day and every time we humble ourselves and repent He is so faithful to forgive us even when we don’t deserve it.
So, if our Father in Heaven forgives us of our sins, shortcomings, and disobedience… why can’t we do the same for others? We tend to place ourselves so high and think we deserve to be forgiven and loved by God. It doesn’t matter how many times we disappoint and crucify Jesus (with our sinful lives) He is faithful and just to extend His love repeatedly. As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to extend that same grace to others but instead we suddenly catch amnesia and grow hateful, impatient, and resentful to others forgetting that sooner than later we will need that same grace and forgiveness.
I’m reminded of Jacob and his twin brother Esau story in the bible (you can read about it starting in Genesis chapter 27). While Isaac (their father) was old in age and sight was going bad…. Jacob with the help from his mother Rebekah tricked Issac and stole his brother blessings that their father Issac vowed to give to Esau. As you can imagine this caused some major problems between the brothers. Jacob flees because of his brother desire oi kill him because of what he had done (which was probably for the best). Come on you’ve have people steal, lie on you, persecute you, and much more and I’m sure you were angry to the point of wanting to fight. So you can understand why Jacob fled to live with his uncle Laban.
What’s beautiful to me about this story is how 20 years passed and Jacob comes face to face with his twin Esau. Jacob is scared of coming face to face with his brother but to his surprise the reunion is a warm one. This tells me that Esau forgave Jacob.
Now most of us in our lives hold grudges, harbor unforgiveness, and still walk around hating people who hurt us years ago. We have to learn to forgive and love others even if they are “unlovable”. It’s something that God requires of us and if you consider yourself a follower of Christ and a believer it’s something that should come natural to you. If it doesn’t then I suggest you sit at Jesus feet and ask Him o teach you how. He is faithful and just to do it.
Today, I encourage you to be intentional about extending the love of God not only to those that you find it easy to love (family , friends, spouse,) but extend that same grace and love to the “unlovable” so that they will see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Remember, this life isn’t about you. We are to be a living sacrifice ready and ALWAYS willing to do and be whatever God instructs us to be.
I love you all so much, Miracle!