How To Love Everyone Like Christ Loves Us
The enemy knows I have spent the month writing about Love and how to Love others just as Christ loves us. He has placed many obstacles in my path hoping to keep me from sharing his truths about Love. My biggest obstacle has been learning how to deal with a woman at work who has a big personality. She has a lot of personal things going on in her life and seems to have little to no control over much of anything. Because of this, she feels the need to control me and I often times take issue with the way she speaks down to me. After a week of going home frustrated and almost at the point of breaking I was reminded during my quiet time that I have a divine duty on this earth. As a follower of Christ, I am called to love everyone in the same way that Christ has loved me.
“Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.” (1 Corinthians 13:7 GW)
The same love that God gives to us, we are to give back to everyone else that we come in contact with. Even the people who are not so easy to love! This is not an option it is a direct command:
“Now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other” (John 13:34 NLT).
As followers of Christ, we must love everyone whether you like them or not. That means you are to accept them completely, love them unconditionally, forgive them fully, and consider them valuable.
Loving others in this way will transform all of your relationships even the ones that seem impossible to transform!
“Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up” (1 Corinthians 13:7 GW)
This is exactly how God loves each of us. God never stops being patient with us. God never stops believing in us. God never stops hoping for the best in each of our lives. God never gives up on us.
Because of this, it is exactly what God expects us to do with everyone else.
“Love never stops being patient.” That means love extends grace. You need to offer grace to others.
“Love never stops believing.” That means it expresses faith. You tell someone, “Even though we’re having a tough time, I will never stop believing in you.”
“Love never stops hoping.” That means love expects the best. Are you expecting the best in your marriage, or have you settled for less than the best?
“Love never gives up.” That means love endures the worst. It means you can look at the other person and say, “You can throw everything at me, but I’m going to keep loving you, no matter what.”
Love, compassion, and grace are all very powerful. Love overcomes everything in life. I am thankful for the Grace and Love God has given to me. Because of my gratitude, I have the ability to extend that same Grace and Love to even the most difficult people I face in this world.
If you find yourself struggling to Love everyone or even someone I encourage you to cry out to God and ask for his help with these simple words.
Help me to accept others, just as you’ve accepted me. Help me to love others unconditionally, just as you have loved me. Help me to forgive others totally, just as you’ve forgiven me. And help me to value others as much as you value me. Help me to extend grace to and express faith in the people around me. Help me to expect the best in others, and help me to endure the worst when it happens. I ask this in Jesus’ name.
Share some ways you Love like Christ? Learn more about Christ love.