I find the topic of this blog to be a very hard concept to swallow… but it’s the truth. Some people, no matter how hard you try to relate to them, love them, care for them, forgive them even if THEY are wrong… will just not like you. Being a tender-hearted person, I think this sucks. I wonder why some people have to be so selective of who they talk to or can be nice to. If they’re that mean though, it’s probably a good thing they’re not in our lives for a reason or as involved as we would like them to be.
Are you like me, do you just want a response from people? Like “Hey, show appreciation that I am taking the time to care for you when it seems like no one else does?!” I know we’re an extremely flawed creation, but we are so selfish with our time, our cares, our everything and with that mindset of “me, me, me, me, me!” you forget about everyone else. You forget to care for those who truly need a shoulder to lean on, an ear to hear their heartache, a voice to give them Godly uplifting advice.
Truly loving others will require that you give your whole heart and not expect anything back. When you truly forgive someone, you shouldn’t expect that person to show signs of gratitude or make it up to you somehow. People should be sincere when they do something wrong, but sometimes they’re not and we have to learn to let that go. I am preaching to myself here… God is currently helping me understand this in my current period of life. Let God deal with it, He sees your heart and He will be your vindicator. Another thing to remember is that if people hated Jesus, after pouring out His own life… what makes you think that you can make others love you? Just like some people reject Christ, some people will reject you too, especially when you try sharing the Gospel with them. Matthew 10:22 says, “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (NIV).
The Resolution for Women book by the Courageous movie talks about asking God to break you… when is the last time you asked God to break your heart for others? If you don’t have an ounce of compassion, then pray for God to break you so you can get the focus off yourself. Love changes people’s lives, when Jesus died for us on the cross… it was out of LOVE and that love made a way to be reconciled to God Himself. Be intentional today and pour love into someone’s life who needs it, especially your ‘enemies’. Loving people you already love is pointless.
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” – Luke 6:35 (ESV)
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” – Romans 12:9 (NLT)
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT)
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10 (NIV)
“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:44 (NIV)