It isn’t easy to love when your sibling messes up something of yours.
It isn’t easy to love when someone rejects you.
It isn’t easy to love when someone speaks unkindly of you.
But God commands it. Why would He command something that can be so difficult?
Because when things are too hard for us, it forces us to turn to Him. It reminds us that we must cry out for His help, His mercy. It requires His power.
That’s the beauty of difficulty. When we are weak, He shows Himself strong, and we can turn to Him for real power and strength.
There’s no exception to who we can love. We are even to love our enemies! (Matthew 5:44) Christ showed love to us sinners who hated Him and hung Him on a cross. That's the glory of the gospel--Christ dying for those who hated Him. Christ displaying perfect love for us. How could we then refuse to love those who treat us unfairly or who don't love us in return? “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.” 1 John 2:9-10
Christ tells us that people will know us by our love (John 13:35). How are you showing love to those around you? Are you calling on God’s strength to love even when it’s difficult?
“In our responding to evil, we should not do evil ourselves. But when we get defensive or bent out of shape, we start to take on the characteristics of those that we’re angry at, then we have sinned. We have become evildoers, and we forfeit the opportunity to influence evildoers in godly ways. We forfeit the opportunity to be redemptive.” Nancy DeMoss