Are we truly willing to love others as God loves us? It is a tall order for sure! God’s love is not conditioned upon our merit or worthiness and He commands us to love like He does; yet, we choose to limit our love to only those who we believe have earned our love or those from whom we expect to receive. Jesus said: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matt. 5:43-44) Our criteria for loving others should not be based upon how they treat us, it should be based upon how God loves us. If we are used and rejected by someone, it is an opportunity to seek God and ask Him to help us to love like He does. There is no greater love which I’ve repeatedly rejected than God’s love; and, it was His love which eventually brought me back to Him. Our great commission of love is to love these who reject us like those of us who rejected Christ are loved by Him. Sometimes the most loving thing we can do for one who has been unkind to us is simply to do nothing except pray. It is also sometimes the most difficult thing to do because we must first forgive them for the hurt they’ve caused us. We must remember that only God can change our heart and only He can change theirs. We must ask God to help us place aside our hurt feelings and allow us to forgive—then we are able to have a pure heart and intercede for those who hurt us. Loving in the face of unkindness is an exercise in learning to love like God does. God protects our heart better than we do; thus, we should forgive those who hurt us in order to keep our heart very close to His. If we choose to love only those who enhance or enrich our lives, then we will never learn to experience the depth of God’s love: He loved us before we loved Him!