Today's post is titled, "I'll Love You... When/If/Then"! Let's get started.
Sometimes it seems like people who are rude, people who have lots of differences from us, who believe different things than us, are really hard to love. When they do so much to us, it seems like it's impossible to forgive those people, and to love them. We just determine that when, or if they change, then we'll forgive them and love them. But, that's not the right attitude to have. Matthew 5:43-45 says,
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous.
God says that we should love our enemies, and even pray for them. God loves them, so we should too. God never puts up walls that say, I'll love you when... I'll love you if... I'll love you then... He loves us just how we are, and he loves our enemies just how they are.
Of course, God hates rudeness, and people splitting apart. But God still loves them. Why else would Jesus die from them, like we see in John 3:16?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Since God loves us that much, he can certainly help us through a broken relationship, and help us get the attitude that we'll love people no matter what. No matter what they've done to us, no matter who they are, no matter what they believe.
Of course, this doesn't mean I'm advising you to hang around people that treat you wrongly. We need to just be able to love them, and pray for them. Praying that they will change their ways while we love them, but not praying that they'll change their ways so we can love them.
Who's one person in your life that you need to start loving and forgiving? You don't have to comment it, just think about it, and start praying to God about it. ^.^
God made you. Uniquely. Beautifully. Intentionally. Purposefully. Wonderfully.