Whom do we love?
The people who love us back, right? After all, why would we love someone who plans evil for us?
Or ignores us or disrespects us?
We deserve to be treated as the special person we are.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say about that.
1 John 4:20 gives us a clear instruction on whom to love.
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
“But, but, Jesus! My brother used to pull my pigtails, even when I cried. Don’t you remember?”
Jesus brushes our cheek and whispers in our ear, “And I died on the cross for you. What’s more important?”
We whimper and say, “But my sister posted bad stuff about me on the Internet. It wasn’t even true, and now people think I’m a bad person.”
Jesus gives us a hug and says, “The Jewish leaders chose Barabbas over me, and I hung on the cross. I wasn’t a bad person, either.”
“Wait,” Jesus says. “Think about what I did for the people who were cruel to me. I loved them anyway. Remember my words on the cross? I asked my father to forgive them, for they knew not what they did. You can do this. You can love your brothers and sisters despite what they’ve done.”
There’s the trick right there. Jesus loved his abusers despite their abuse. We are to follow Jesus’ example. If we truly love him, we have no choice but to do this, too.
Love for our family is the example of Christ. When we become like Jesus, we will practice what the Master preached.
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