by Debbie Brown (originally published February 2016)
I just finished reading a book called Same Kind of Different as Me. It’s a true story about two completely different people and the unconditional love that brought them together (I highly recommend picking up a copy!). What impacted me most was how well some of the characters loved. They were able to love when it wasn’t easy, when it looked crazy, when it seemed hopeless, and even when it was very uncomfortable to do so. Their love was a glorious, God-sized love, and I wondered if I could love the same way.
One of the main characters from the book tells us, “God doesn’t give us credit for loving the people we want to love anyway. No, He gives us credit for loving the unlovable.” It’s a wonderful paraphrase of Luke 6:32-35 (AMP), “If you only love those who love you, what credit is that to you?... But love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; for your reward will be great (rich, abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High; because He Himself is kind and gracious and good to the ungrateful and the wicked.”
Our God is very good at loving the unlovable: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV) And Jesus calls us to do the same. “Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.” (John 13:34 AMP) However, loving when it’s hard is not normal in this world. According to the ways of the world, there’s no shame when we give up on someone who is difficult, or unloveable. But when we love even when it’s difficult, we are infusing a broken human relationship with a glimpse of our awesome, wondrous God. That steady, patient, unfailing love is what brings heaven to earth. When we love when it’s not easy, the world’s head will turn in wonder, because they know that that kind of love is not born of this earth.
The world is hungry for a love like that. Love that works its faith muscles. Love that waits patiently. Love that is not easily angered or irritated. Love that isn’t overly sensitive or offended. Love that doesn’t defend it’s own rights. Love that looks for the best. Love that hopes even in hopeless times. (1 Cor. 13)
Christians, we need to love well. We need to show the world this amazing gift we have from our Creator, who made us to love. It’s a scary and uncomfortable place to go, but it’s also glorious and full of rewards! Pray with me that we can love well, like our Father does!
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