“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
You don’t have the power to love people all the time, especially your enemies, if you don’t feel at home in God’s love right now. That’s why that is so powerful. Sometimes people criticize our Creed of the Beloved, saying, “Well, it’s like you’re saying what I do doesn’t matter,” yet it’s the exact opposite.
What we do matters the most! But we can’t do what Jesus does until we find our hearts completely located in God’s love. Unless we abide in Jesus Christ and abide in his love, we lack the power to love others when it matters most.
Your spiritual health is exactly proportional to how much you love God and, thereby, are able to love people. Of all the things that you ought to measure as a believer, your ability to love others is the most important.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I love you. I want to be the loving person you designed me to be. With my heart surrounded by your love, I am better able to love others as you have asked me to do. Amen.
Reflection: How have you loved difficult people in the past?