They say that the way you love is the only God some people see. In a messed up, hateful, divided world, do you choose to love anyway?
This blog post came about because God has been working on my heart lately and it’s been slightly uncomfortable. I feel like I’ve been given so many opportunities to love anyway just in this past week, it’s ridiculous. It’s a struggle because as a human being, when someone does me wrong in someway, I don’t feel like loving them anyway, nor do I automatically want to forgive them anyway. They don’t deserve that! But a quote by Thomas Merton says, “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” That’s the absolute truth and something I’ve had to work on. I’m not saying that it’s easy, but it’s definitely necessary.
Why is it necessary?
Jesus loved anyway. He did everything anyway (see It Is Finished). At the end of the day, I want to imitate Jesus. I want to put my own desires and feelings aside to be more like him. I want people to know who’s in my heart by the way I️ do things anyway. My prayer has sounded something like: God, help me to love like you do. Help me to forgive like you do. I mean, I’m a hot mess and I let you down daily, but you still love and forgive me time and time again. Will you help me to do that, too?
We all have a choice to make. We can choose to love, or not and it’s not always easy. Only in the power of Jesus can we rise to do something anyway, love the unlovable; to forgive the unforgivable; to be gracious to those who haven’t been gracious to us.
No matter what you’re faced with (yes, that includes the obnoxious, the weird, the unkind, etc.) I challenge you this week to practice doing these things anyway. Love anyway. Forgive anyway. Be gracious anyway.