Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

Love the unlovable


Love is a funny thing. There are so many different opinions flying around about what love really is and how to know when you’ve fallen in love with someone. Did you know that love comes in many forms? There is the friendship kind of love that you feel for your friends and family. Then there is the romantic love that you may feel for a particular person (and hopefully they feel it for you too!). In the Bible Jesus also talks about loving your enemies (Matthew 5:44). That can be so hard and a real challenge. How are you supposed to love someone who does your head in and makes your life miserable? Start by praying for them. Prayer is powerful! If you pray for the person who annoys you and ask God to bless them and if you make a choice to only say nice things about them then gradually you will experience a change of heart towards them. You might not end up being best mates but the anger and negativity you felt towards them will melt away. Try it, prayer works! Jesus says, ‘If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that’ (Matthew 5:47 TM). God wants us to represent Him on earth and He loves everybody, despite whether they love Him back. So we need to try and love all people. Not with a soppy romantic love but with a supernatural love that comes from God; it’s a love that never comes to an end and always looks for the good in people (1 Corinthians 13: 4-13).

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