Here is the quote she chose for us this week:
I find it very easy to demonstrate love to people who are kind and loving in response.
But let me ask you a question and be honest: Is it hard for you to love someone who:
- Misunderstands you?
- Takes you for granted?
- Makes fun of you?
- Calls you a Jesus freak?
- Has adopted a lifestyle that offends you?
- Always seems to find something wrong with what you say or do?
- Refuses to receive your love and kindness
And then there are the people who don't yet know Jesus as their personal Savior.
Jesus had to deal with betrayal, humiliation, whippings and nailed to a Cross to die.
Stephen was stoned to death as a martyr and yet his last words were "forgive them ...they know not what they do".
John 3: 16 doesn't say that God loved some of the people of the world. No, He loved each one of us even before we were saved. That's why He sent His Son to die for our sins and take the penalty upon Himself.
It was done out of love.
As I consider this, is it so hard to allow Him to work in and through me and ...love others?
I pray that the Lord would give me eyes to see beyond the difficult behavior I may find so offensive. Instead I pray that I would remember how much Jesus loves me and extend that love to others.