There’s a person in my life who I find difficult to love. Consistently lets me down. Hurts my feelings. I don’t want to not like this person. I want to have a good relationship with them. I want to love them.
This morning, I was talking to God, asking Him to remove the bitterness from my heart. I said, “You know, it’s just so hard when you give someone so many chances, and they just keep blowing it.” And I heard God say back to me, clear as day, “It’s exactly what I do for you. It’s called grace.”
When the tables are turned, and I’m looking through the microscope at the relationship between myself and God, I’m the person who’s hard to love. I’m the one who’s constantly messing up. Letting Him down. Breaking His heart. And He loves me anyway. Not just a little love, because He has to. He loves me fiercely. ferociously. jealously. He loves me enough that He died for me.
And He’s saying to me, “Love them anyway. Because I love you.” Love those people that are hard to love anyway. Because God loves you, even at your worst. No, especially at your worst. And He calls us to love like He loves. A love that loves despite flaws, despite mistakes. A love filled with grace and mercy. A love that forgives. A love that extends a helping hand. A love that loves anyway.