“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39
God is telling us that we must love our enemies, our neighbors, and those who persecute us. Now let me hasten to say that Jesus was serious when he gave this command. He realizes that it is hard to love our enemies. He also realizes that it is difficult to love those people who seek to defeat us, those people who say evil things about us. He realizes that it is painfully hard and pressingly hard. But either way, he commands us to love others, as we love ourselves.
There are some of us who claim that we can’t love others because we don’t know how to love ourselves. In truth, we all need to accept ourselves, embrace our personalities and even our imperfections, knowing that although we are not where we need to be, we are making progress. Jesus died for us because we have weaknesses and imperfections, and we don’t have to reject ourselves because of them. God wants us to love ourselves and enjoy how He’s made us! After all we are made in His Image!
Even though loving our enemy is a difficult task, he has made it possible for us to live out this command. If we devote ourselves to loving God, loving ourselves, and loving others, we can experience a huge amount of blessing in our life; along with a lot less stressful life.
In closing, I know life is not always easy and I cannot understand the depths of hurt and pain some of you have experienced at the lack of love shown to you by so, so many people. But I’m here today to say that God loves you more than anyone on this earth and that even though you may feel abandoned by those in life. God has not abandoned you!
“…The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I ask you today to share the love that God has so graciously shown you. Allow Him to heal you of the pain of being unloved by people in your past and allow His love to shine through you. Ultimately it’s the best love we can give out.
Love you all!