1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
One of the two most important commandments given by Jesus emphasises on Loving the people around us.
But, is it always easy to Love people?
No! Often we are hurt by peoples’ words and actions.
Then, isn’t it irrational to Love people even when they hurt us?
There is a thin line between going out of our way to Love people who hurt us, and Loving them when they are in the way of our progress in God’s plan.
But, wont hurtful people make our lives more miserable if we Love them?
Incredibly, the truth is quite ironic!
The more we hate others, the more we hurt ourselves. That’s the truth! The only way to overcome hate is to respond with Love.
The Bible says,
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” – Proverbs 25: 21-22 (NIV)
Written by Solomon – the wisest man ever – the verse above is saturated with truth.
It isn’t always easy to Love hurtful people. Even John – Jesus’ disciple – wasn’t a Loving person. In fact, he wanted to call on the Heavens to rain down fire on a Samaritan village for rejecting Jesus.
Over time, his walk with God changed him from a hateful person to a Loving person. His transformation is brought to life in 1 John 4 – A chapter dedicated to Love!
What is impossible with man is possible with God. Let’s pray for divine wisdom to triumph over our everyday battles with Love!