Loving The Unlovable

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READ:  John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Its very easy to love people that love us... our husband/wife, children, family, and friends.    Those who are kind to us, we find it rather simple to return the kindness and love.  But what about someone you have never met?  Worse yet, what about that one person who just doesn't like you or doesn't treat you right?

We are commanded by Jesus in the Word of God: 

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.  To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.  Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.  And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.  But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful," Luke 6:27-26 

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Luke 6:32

It may not be easy to show love to those who don't love us, but we are commanded by Jesus to do this.   Lets spend some time today actually PRAYING for the one who doesn't care for us.   We can even go a step further and "bless them today" with your words.