Full of Love: Loving others
What does it look like to love someone when it’s hard?
What has God taught you through this?
If loving someone else is hard, it usually has something to do with something not being right in my heart. I just have to seek God and ask Him for His perspective and His heart for whatever person I am struggling with, and receiving His heart gets my mess out of the way and allows Him to love them through me. So far God has always answered that prayer if I am willing to pray it. -Kathryn
The best example of this I can think of is the parable of the prodigal son. My family has lived this story. My parents are the father, I was the child that stayed home and my sister in her addiction was the prodigal. God has taught me more about the love and grace it takes to really love how God loves through this experience.
It’s the greatest lesson and show of loving when it’s hard and seemingly undeserved. Loving someone through addiction is loving when it’s hard, welcoming them back is hard and God can make it all happen. It’s only really hard because we’re selfish and think so highly of ourselves and our feelings. If we are filled with the love God has, it’s actually quite easy. -Heather
When your life is a little crummy or when someone wrongs you, it is difficult to want to love them. It takes a lot of energy and it is definitely not easy. However, we receive so much love, grace, and mercy from the Lord that there really isn’t a transgression that we can’t forgive someone for as we’ve been forgiven for so much. -Kassie
From the Heart:
So many times it is easy to love those who love us. That’s a given. How can we love in the way God asks us to? What does it mean to love those who may be a little harder to love? First of all, we should ask God what He sees in that person. Then we should ask how to pray, or what we can do. As we act upon what He has shown us, His love and compassion will grow in our hearts, and by this, others will have seen Him.