The Lord’s two greatest commands are about LOVE! Loving Him and loving others! Now when it comes to loving others, we have a great challenge. His commandment to love others as ourselves is NOT contingent on our emotions. Nor is it contingent on them and how they act and what they say or do and how they treat us and others and what choices they make and whether they make us happy or mad, please us or infuriate us, whether they love us in return or are nasty to us, etc. The commandment to love others is contingent on the Lord Jesus Christ! And He will supply us by His Spirit who lives inside His followers with the love to love others!
We need to be very careful when it comes to our feelings, friend. Our emotions can work very hard to try to convince us to NOT love certain people at least at certain times as though our emotions are in charge of our lives! Ever have thoughts like these?
“There is no way I will love that person!”
“That person just hurt me. Forget about loving him!”
“I’ll never forgive him. No way will I love her!”
“That person doesn’t deserve my love!”
“I’m not in the mood for loving those people. I have better things to do!”
“She is too difficult to love. So what that God tells us to love! I ain’t doing it!”
“That person is my enemy! Love is out of the question!”
“I won’t ever love again. Not after what I’ve been through.”
“I don’t feel like loving others!”
“I’m afraid to love people. I know I’ll get hurt!”
Friend, our feelings are not to rule and reign in our lives. We are not to bow down to them and obey them. We are to humble ourselves before God almighty and obey Him in all things – including when it comes to loving others.
Love others in obedience to Christ, friend. No matter what your emotions have to say about it!
Father, oh God, this is so, so, so hard sometimes! Sometimes it seems so impossible to love certain people! But I know for sure, Father, that you will help us to do whatever you tell us to do. So help us to love, dear Lord! No matter what our feelings cry out to us! Help us to cry out to you for help in this! And help us to walk in your love, oh Lord! AMEN!
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2
“And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’” Matthew 22:39