When the Lord reminded me to love someone I needed to show love toward, my answer was immediate – and weary.
“I’m too tired to love,” I told him exhaustedly in my heart.
Oh, how very tired I was! Tired of a trial I was going through. Tired of the emotions. Tired of challenges. Tired from needing more sleep. Just plain old tired. Obviously God would be okay with my reasoning. I could hold back a little on the love thing, right?
I know God’s greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love one another, but certainly God makes exceptions for like when we don’t feel like loving, are too tired to love, someone seems too difficult to love, we’re too busy to love, we feel we have better things to do than to love, etc., right?
Wrong! There are no exceptions when it comes to God’s commands to love.
Only hours before I had been reading the Bible and come across these verses:
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law…and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:8-10 KJV
In plain English, all of God’s commandments boil down to love. And God doesn’t call us to love just once in a while. He calls us to a lifestyle of love. So, friend, let us love! For Christ’s sake, let us love! In Christ’s name, let us love! Through the Lord Jesus Christ, by the love and power of God’s Holy Spirit who dwells in His followers, let us love! Oh, may we love! Amen!
Oh, God, help us to love. Fill your followers with your Spirit to overflowing so love pours into us and love pours out of us continually. And may anything that blocks us from receiving or pouring out your love in the way of sin, oh, Lord, may all of it be gone. In other words, lead us to repentance oh God that we may be wide open in our hearts to being vessels of love. Oh, thank you, oh Lord, AMEN!