I struggle greatly with loving people. Honestly, people are difficult to love and they get on my nerves.
However, one morning I was led to Isaiah 53 and I was reading about how Jesus bore our sins although he was sinless. He gave up his life for us when we should have been the ones to tortured, battered, and bruised. We are so unworthy of God's love but he loves us anyway.
Every time I think about how God died for me I become overwhelmed with emotion and wondering why would God do that for me? I'm not worth that!
As I sat there after reading Isaiah 53 I said something along the lines of I don't like people and I don't love them. However, I know that you said in your word, " My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." (John 15:12). Lord I want to honor you and serve you. So I asked God, show me how to love people.
Immediately a thought came across my head that said, "You don't have to like people to love them." That struck me. Often times people do things that irritate me & cause me not like them. That doesn't mean I cannot love them. That led me to then asking What is love? - What is real love?
I used my NIV life application Bible and decided to look up three scriptures:
Song of Songs 8:6-7 which reads,
"Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy[a] unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.[b]
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it[c] would be utterly scorned."
1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 John 3:16, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."
From Song of Songs I learned to try and make your love a reflection of God's perfect love. Don't confuse love and like.
From 1 Corinthians I learned Faith = foundation. Hope = attitude and focus and Love = action(s). If I don't love how can I say that God is in me? God is love so when I show love to others I am a reflection of my King.
From 1 John I learned like = feeling that changes. Love = action that should be unchanging.
I know God desires for me to love people since that was His greatest commandment. I pray God will help to me love in action and really mean it. Please pray for me to love others if you are reading this.