Have you ever loved someone who hurt you—over and over and over again? Doesn’t it make you just want to quit loving them? Sure it does! However, if loving others is based upon the way they treat us, then it isn’t God’s love because He loved us to death. Jesus commanded: “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John‬ ‭15:12) He loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) He built the bridge of love with His death and resurrection so that we have a way to come to Him.

God’s love gives us a choice because that’s what love does. It gives choices, doesn’t burn bridges. And it gives chances—second, third, fourth, fifth, fiftieth, a thousand, if necessary—because love believes and hopes all things. (1 Corinthians 13) Love extends the hand of grace. When we remember God’s vast grace towards our sinful self, then we are enabled to love our sinful brother. The Bible says, God waits to be gracious to us. (Isaiah 30:18) Wow! He knows we are a struggling mess and that we are constantly misdirected and lost upon the tumultuous seas of life. He waits for us to return.

When we remind ourselves of God’s constant grace towards us, it frees us to love those who mistreat us.

Unless we’ve done something wrong to them, their problem is not with us, it’s with Him. Don’t get me wrong—it doesn’t mean that we purposefully place ourselves in a position to be abused. No, we must always place ourselves where we maximize our ability to glorify God. However, since we live in a sinful world, we must not be afraid to put ourselves out there like Jesus did. He wasn’t afraid to love those who would hurt Him—and even one He knew would sell His life for 30 pieces of silver!

At one time or another, we’ve all sold Him out for less than that—for example, have we ever hidden our relationship with Him just for the sake of being cool? Yep—I’ve been there. He loves our foolish and fickle heart.

Amazing, right?

Jesus set the standard for love and His love enables us to love others like He loves us.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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