We see the headlines. Someone shoots and kills someone else. Instead of letting the legal system handle it, friends retaliate and shoot another person. The hatred escalates and before we know it a street war has begun.
On the flip side, we’ve also heard stories of family members visiting a prisoner who killed a loved one and telling him they forgive him. This act of love can break a criminal down and melt his heart. In turn, the way can open to tell him about Jesus and His love.
It’s not always easy to show love all the time, especially if someone has hurt us. However, that is the example Jesus gave us. Even as He was dying on the cross He said, “Father forgive them”. He never stopped loving everyone, even those who wanted to do Him harm.
Are we living up to the standard Jesus set? Sometimes it’s easy. When people are kind and respectful, showing love to us, it’s no problem showing love back. But what about the people who aren’t so loving? That’s the real test. Are we able to show them love without getting any positive response in return? We have no idea what seeds we may be planting when we display the love of Jesus to EVERYONE.
Give some thought this week about one person who is a thorn in your side, someone who rubs you the wrong way continuously. Now think about how you could show Jesus’ love toward that person and then do it. Who knows how God will use your act of love.
Sometimes hatred can be the easy road to take, but we are not to do what’s easy. We’re to do what’s right. Love is the right road. We’ll need God’s help in showing love to that negative person, but with His strength and guidance we can do it. Imagine what this world would be like if people started exhibiting love instead of hate. Let’s be the spark to get the fire going.