“For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? …”
Spouses professing their love for each other; family members boasting of their devotion to each other; best friends letting the world know their friendship is unbreakable – this is clearly not the love Jesus is teaching us about here. His mission for us is deeper and much more difficult.
Whenever I attend a funeral service, and I listen to the very impressive eulogy, I wonder how am I going to be remembered. Am I going to be known for loving all the right and deserving people in my life, or am I going to be identified as a child of God who does what God asks?…( Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.) This is so needed in our church and our world today. We have to move past disappointments, hurts and unforgiveness and really stretch those ‘love’ muscles
By dying on the cross for the sins of those who persecuted Him, Jesus certainly put this scripture into action.
Lord, give us hearts like yours so that we will love like you do.