Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is
still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in
the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. – 1
Loving people is not always easy. It’s frustrating to love people who
do not treat you with the same kindness that you give them. However, we are not called to treat others like they may treat us; we’re
supposed to do things differently from the crowd, just like Jesus did.
Who are we to say who deserves love and who doesn’t? Jesus came
down to a broken world, suffered ridicule and persecution, and was
betrayed and killed by the very people He came to save. He could
have said that we absolutely didn’t deserve His love because nothing
is truer, but His love was greater! He was nailed to that cross to give
us an example of perfect love.
Loving someone often means sacrificing, serving, and giving up your
comfort for their good. Jesus did that in the extreme, and we can
follow His example in our small ways. We get the opportunity to
show His love in every conversation, every action, and every moment we have with people around us. It may seem like a challenge
in the moment, but the result of our love will always bring light. Remember today: loving Jesus means loving people!