There have been time that I have chosen who I would show love and who I would not, yes me the little ole’ Christian who is striving to get it right. I’d deal with those that I felt had no interest in the things of God or that had hurt, betrayed or offended me with a long handle spoon. But thank God for His mercy and correction, and for me having a heart to accept when I am wrong. He checked me one day an brought back my behavior before I was saved and asked me how I would wanted to be treated. My response was not in the manner that I deal with others.
From that moment I continue to learn how to love in the way God requires. Most times it is those that we struggle to love or deem unworthy of love that need it most. But yet we are to busy inquiring of ourselves whether or not a person is worthy to be shown love by us. But what if Jesus stopped to inquire about us? If we are honest with ourselves, are we worthy of His love? The answer is no, but yet He sees fit to shower us with it everyday. And because we are called to be like Christ this is how we are to behave.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
What ever our relationship with any individual person is, we should always approach them with the attitude of love, continually thinking of the good, true, honest, pure and lovely things or characteristics of that person. We should be drawing them with love, kindness, meekness and longsuffering, just as our Father has drawn us with the same and more.
Jeremiah 31:3 (AMP) The Lord appeared to me (Israel) from ages past,saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father thank you that you have loved me and have given me that same measure of love to be shared with others. When I cross paths with someone that seems unlovable in my eyes, help me to remember your words, “With love and kindness have I drawn thee.” and help me to renew my mind and think of those things which are true, honest, pure, lovely and of a good report. Help me to walk in Your ways and to be faithful to live out Your word and spread Your love that some might otherwise never see. In Jesus Name. Amen.