Y’know, being kind and loving to the people who make life difficult for us, and cause pain to those we love, may be the hardest thing Jesus calls us to do.
Some days I think I can’t do it anymore. But then I think about the people who’ve treated me that way. Starting with Jesus.
The truth is, if we were loved like we deserved to be loved, most of us would be utterly despised.
“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.”
– Luke 6:28-30
God doesn’t tell us to love this way to make our lives harder. It’s actually what’s best for us.
Love begets love. Bitterness destroys.