“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
-1 Peter 4:8
As a believer, did you know that you could actually fire people and still love them. You can break up with somebody and still love him or her. You can say no to someone and still love that person. Love doesn’t mean you acquiesce to everything everybody wants from you. Love doesn’t mean you smile all the time.
Loves means you are like the Samaritan, and this is the example that Jesus used, that although all these other religious men stepped over this hurting man, it was the Samaritan, the societal reject that stopped and helped.
When you give someone who’s thirsty a glass of water, you love them. When you clothe someone who’s naked, you love them. When you comfort someone who’s weeping, you love them. When your heart breaks for your enemy because he went to jail and, even though it’s the right thing, you love them. Love has everything to do with caring about what happens to a person, even if you’re not fond of that person. Love, in the end, is all about being a decent human being.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want this kind of love in my heart. As you love me, I will open the floodgates and allow your overflow of love to pour into the lives of others. Amen.
Reflection: Have you ever had to make a hard decision to say an uncomfortable “No” to a person? How would you do it differently today?