Loving the “unloveable”

It isn’t that hard to love. Is it?

We are clearly capable of loving anything from inanimate objects to fictional characters.

But when we, Christians, are called to love, it is not ordinary love. It is a love that comes from God, because God is love.

And God, who is love, calls us to love our brother – no exception.

What this really means to us is that we should also be able to love what the world considers to be unloveable. Those who people love to hate.

We are called to love Trump, his supporters and haters. Yup!

And we are also called to love the LGBT+ haters in the same way that we love the LGBT+ supporters. No, we are not called to selectively love according with ideology!

We are called to love the rapists. The murderers. The bullies. Only loving their victims is not what we are called to do. For that type of worldly love, we don’t need God.

By loving our brother, we are not condoning what he does. God does not love what we do either. He is a loving Father and, in case you haven’t noticed, he disciplines us.

In a fallen world like ours, can you imagine the consequences of us only loving those who we find to merit our love? I’m sure you can: it’s all around us! That’s what we’re building with our selective love – which really is no love at all!

So if you’re still harbouring hatred in your spirit, pray for God to reveal his love to you.

“We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” 1 John 4:19-20

God can fill you with his grace to change your worldly ways.

The question is: do you want to be healed?

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