When I was praying about and brainstorming this post about self-love, I wanted a special way to encourage you to love Jesus and other people better. So, I thought a follow-up post would be perfect. I asked one of the most loving people I know share her wisdom about loving others well, and I hope Moriah’s words are a treat for you!
I’ve been mulling over the thoughts of loving others like Jesus does since the day sweet Abigail asked me to write this post, yet I hadn’t written one word.
How was I, myself, suppose to write about loving people when I fail at it daily?
The beginning of this year I decided my motto would be “to love people like Jesus loves me.” I wanted to strive to love others unconditionally, relentlessly, and genuinely. I wanted others to see His love shining through my life more than anything else, yet I soon learned that it was something much easier said than done.
I’ll be honest and say that for me, it is immensely difficult to love people who won’t freely receive love or who treat me poorly.
When it comes to loving the unlovable, the ones who treat us wrongly, the ones who despise us, and the ones who mock us, oh how could we in and of ourselves love those kind of people?
The fact is, I often don’t want to love those people, yet I know I have to because God still loves me unconditionally despite my unlovable moments. I know I have to, because when I was at my lowest God placed people in my life who loved me unconditionally and I know that He has called and commanded me to be that person for someone else.
I can easily love the lovable, but then again so can everyone else. Who’s going to love the unlovable? Who’s going to be there for the broken and hurting?
I asked myself that simple question and honestly, it was like a smack in the face. Anyone can love the lovable, but who will be there for the unlovable? Who will be there for the ones who desperately need it most?
That’s where and when we come in, and we cant do it on our own. The only way we can love the unlovable, is if we genuinely ask God to work through us. To instill a relentless love in our hearts for the unlovable.
As humans with a sinful nature our first reaction to someone who treats us poorly, is not to reply with love, but quite the opposite. It’s only when His love is instilled in our hearts that we will be able to love others like He loves us- unconditionally, relentlessly, and genuinely.
And so that, my dear friends, is the challenge I place before us. Let’s begin this journey of loving the unlovable, because I believe the world needs more people like that. I think, maybe, the world needs a few more people who are willing to love unconditionally and refuse to give up on people, because after all Jesus never gave up on us. I believe God has called us, as Christians, to love all people- the lovable and unlovable.
How great is it that He not only calls us to do so, but that He has also set the ultimate example? (John 3:16)
sending endless love to you all,
“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, ESV).
I’ve just LOVED getting to know Moriah over Instagram. She’s a gem with heart-felt words to share on the norm, and I admire her for so many reasons. ❤