“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us”. 1 John 3:23
Believing in the name of Jesus Christ seems easy enough for those of us who call ourselves Christians. But, what about the rest of this verse? Love one another? Therein lies the rub. I can love “some” people easily; my husband, my children, my closest friends. But what about those people whom I find “difficult” to love? What about the people who hurt me or are unloving toward me? Is God suggesting that I love THOSE people too?
The Truth is, God is not “suggesting” anything. His Word says, “this is his COMMAND…to love one another…”. If I believe in the name of Jesus and acknowledge him as my Lord and Savior then I must obey his commands and therefore I must love ALL others. Love is not only a feeling; it is first and foremost a choice.
So, how do we choose to love the difficult people? We remember that God’s Word says, “We love because he first loved us”. God chose to love us even though we ourselves are “difficult” to love. God chose to love us in spite of our sinfulness and disobedience. If we say we believe in God and claim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are compelled to do the same.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Rom 5:8
“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister”. 1 John 4:19-21
Kami R. Lobner