Are we able to love when we’re hated and despised? We can when God’s love changes us. It is like a mighty, penetrating light which pierces our frail, human shell and illuminates the darkness. When He fills our heart with His presence, His love bursts from us. Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) God’s presence allows us to draw upon His perfect love and love imperfect humanity—even when it doesn’t make sense.

God loves us every day—even when we’re ugly and unlovable.

Why would He continue to give us breath when we use it to curse Him and bring Him shame? Why would He continue to give us a heartbeat when we use it to break hearts? Would God continue to give us sight when we use it to look at things which destroy us? One word—LOVE. He woos us with His goodness. In His presence, we learn to love others the way He loves us. We learn to love our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use us. (Matthew 5:44) We recognize our own mistreatment of God’s love in those who mistreat us. It’s humbling. It compels us to be merciful, gracious and kind—to any rotten scoundrel.

God’s love to us reveals that hateful people are hurt and need to be healed. Love heals. When He heals us, His love becomes the foundation of our existence. The Bible says, “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:17-19‬) God’s love is huge. When we’re filled with Him—we love others like He loves us—even when it doesn’t make sense.

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