It seems impossible to love people who mistreat us, trample on our heart, and even downright despise us. Who wants to sign up for that anyway??? But, when God’s love for US deeply penetrates OUR heart—we learn a very important lesson.
God loves US when we mistreat Him and trample on HIS heart!
God sets the standard for how we are to love AND He gives us the ABILITY to do it. Without Him—our love is weak. But God’s love changes us. It’s like a mighty, penetrating light, piercing our frail, human shell, and illuminating us with the kind of love we can’t help but share. 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 from His perfect love and love our fellow imperfect humans—even when it doesn’t make sense.
God’s continual love for us—every day—even when we’re ugly and unlovable—doesn’t make sense either!
Think about it. Why would He continue to give us breath when we use it to curse Him or, we are even too ashamed of Him to talk openly and boldly about Him? Why would He continue to give us a heartbeat when we use it to break hearts? Why would God continue to give us sight when we use it to watch things which destroy our soul? One word—LOVE.
God wants us to love Him because of Who He Is and be the great desire of our heart so—He woos us with His goodness.
When we finally become wise enough to fall in love with Him—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. (Smile emoji!)
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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