Did you know the word ‘love’ appears in the King James version of the Bible 310 times¹? It maybe just a number but the act of love is more than a number and carries with it way more significance than how many times it can be counted or shared. It is the air in our lungs. The food for our soul. A reason we exist. The reason we are offered salvation from our sins.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
God extended the greatest act of love when He allowed his son to die for us. Through his death and resurrection, we are granted salvation and eternity for those that believe in him. We are, and were, sinners but Jesus came and loved us anyway. He extended his love to those that were hurting. To those that had made mistakes. To those that resisted loving him back.
So why don’t we love each other the same way Jesus did?
For me, it is easy to love one another if everything is going the way we want it to go. Actions toward each other are respectful and carry with them some fun and laughs and heartfelt times. But then out of nowhere hurt happens. We are wounded by hurt or betrayal and we draw back. The conduit in which we allowed ourselves to share love is shut. Our vulnerability has been jeopardized.
It is in these times that we need to draw closer to Jesus. To His works while on this earth and to His examples of grace. God has given us the people in our life and it could be very possible that they were given to us to be loved. Given to us possibly so that we can ‘learn’ to love.
Did you ever consider that maybe someone that is in your life is there because God knew you could love them even through their worse mistakes? (tweet this!) That you would persevere and not give up on them and walk with them until it is time to go home.
If we believe in God’s will in our life and that He will make everything work for the good we also must accept that when we don’t want to show love to another that has hurt us it maybe God’s intent for us to not run away but walk through these times. To learn to love like Jesus did and to realize that with forgiveness we are rewarded with peace and contentment and in turn, we give a blessing to those that have made mistakes.
Our time here on earth is so short and we never know when we will be called back home. God is going to need us back one day but while we are here He needs us to love who He gave us during our stay.