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To be honest, I don’t think that’s an area where I excel. And as a follower of Jesus, that saddens me.In the Bible, Jesus frequently talks about loving your enemies
both was and is a completely radical idea. After all, why should we be
kind to those who don’t return that kindness? Why should we help those
who stomp our advice, money or resources into the dust? Why should we
attempt to find common ground with our opposites? Why should we open up
our hearts to pain?Because He did. And because through the pain,
our hearts expand, giving us a greater capacity for joy. I’m talking
about true, lasting joy — not just momentary happiness that changes
with the circumstances.
Even when it’s easy (like with Celia), love hurts. If you listen to the Everly Brothers, it similarly scars, wounds and mars.And what about when it’s hard? What happens when loving others leaves your soul gasping for air?
Listen to what a 1950s, born-of-privilege nun working in the rough East End of London had to say:
had impelled Sister Monica Joan to abandon a privileged life for one of
hardship, working in the slums of London’s Docklands? ‘Was it love of
people?’ I asked her.
‘Of course not,’ she snapped sharply. ‘How
can you love ignorant, brutish people whom you don’t even know? Can
anyone love filth and squalor? Or lice and rats? Who can love aching
weariness, and carry on working, in spite of it? One cannot love these
things. One can only love God, and through His grace come to love His
people.'” — The Midwife
by Jennifer Worth.Maybe
you and I don’t work with lice and rats, but we all know people who
hurt us and our families, try our patience and make unwise choices.
Thankfully, we don’t have to love selfishness or mistakes, nor excuse
But hopefully, like Sister Monica Joan, I will
learn to look past the choices to see the person behind them. For I,
too, have been and am wretchedly unlovable…yet receive the ultimate
love from my Savior anyways.
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