Loving the Unlovable

Seriously, how hard is it to love the unlovable—I mean, those people who consistently get you in a bad mood, those who always take time to mistreat you, or those who have hurt you before?

The bible states “…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).” But again, isn’t it dreadfully difficult to love and accept the people who relentlessly ignore and disregard you? It sure is.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:46, “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?…Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” That’s right. Even shoplifters and hijackers love those who love them.

One thing that makes a righteous person different is his response to hurt caused by other people. A person who loves another person is natural; but when he loves a backstabber, a traitor or a liar unconditionally and shows how he cares for him despite that person’s faults, he is now making a big difference.

All people, no matter how hard-headed and unfaithful, have need for real, genuine love. Whether we accept it or not, sincere love is a necessity for a real, happy life. If a person does not acknowledge this need, he may turn out to be a self-sufficient, egotistic and self-centered individual who only loves and lives for himself. On the other hand, if a person admits that he needs other people for him to feel loved and accepted, he will grow interdependent with other people; seeking and repaying love knowing that other people has this need also.

If someone will feel loved despite his lapses and weaknesses, he will try to overcome these weaknesses to payback and retrieve the unpleasant things he has done to the person—thus, resulting into a changed life, a changed family, a changed world.

Whenever we feel treated unfairly, let us turn to what God has done for us. Jesus came down to this world knowing his fate; to be insulted and slaughtered by the same people he came to save. We, grumbling sinners, unfaithful and selfish people are loved by a God so high and exalted.

This representation is enough to forgive and forget. We are all the same. We are all sinners; yet God loves us. He loves all of us completely despite of our constant disrespect and rebellion against Him.

“…He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”  Matthew 5:45

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