Love is Hard
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” I John 3:11
I think back to the days of elementary school and the exchange of Valentine's Day cards. Secret love would be revealed on those days, especially since back then you were not required to give everyone in the class a Valentine. You had to choose carefully which Valentine you gave and to whom you gave it. You saved the perfect one for the one you truly liked and the funny ones you gave to your friends.
The week before Valentine's Day, we made card holders in art class (although mine never looked like a heart). Festivities were planned for the big day and there was much excitement. When we arrived at school with our cards, we would carefully place our Valentines in these "heart"-shaped card holders hoping to shoot the arrow and connect with our target. We would check our holders after every recess to see if someone special had snuck a Valentine in.
Kids can be cruel and we sometimes bypassed those kids we did not like and the ones we deemed uncool. On this day of love, we withheld love from those we felt did not need or deserve it. Sadly, we still do this today as we pick and choose who is deserving of our love and who is not. We look down on others and there are those who make our stomach cringe when we see them. We would not dare drop a "Valentine" in their card holder, and we hold grudges against those we should love. Love is a strong word and a decision we must make. We are commanded by God to love one another. We are not given disclaimers on whom we should/should not love, and we are not able to offer any excuses.
We were the worst of the worst, but God chose to love us in spite of that. I John 4:10 states, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” He was not selective in whom He would love, but rather He loved the whole world. He was not prejudiced or judgmental, and He did not hold a grudge against those who crucified Him or mocked His name.
How are you doing in the love department? Are you selective in whom you choose to love or have you obeyed God by loving everyone? Do you withhold love from those whom you deem not worthy of your love? Have you asked God to help you love those who are difficult to love? Will you choose to love everyone as God has? Will you allow the love He has for you to flow into the lives of others? May we love one another as we have been commanded, and may the world be changed by the love we show.
Stay in the fight!