I believe I am a kind and loving person. I haven’t really struggled with showing love to others I have known in the past, even those I have not known… but today I am finding myself needing Jesus to help me love some individuals in my life.
It’s safe to say we all hurt those we love, maybe not intentionally, but at some point or another we will hurt someone. It is my hope that when I do, those people show me grace and continue to keep loving me, but right now I am struggling to do well in that area myself. Not with everyone, but with certain people who have hurt me and some of my loved ones.
“You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.” — Colossians 3:12-14
Reading that verse is challenging and really convicting me. It’s not an easy task, and I’m learning that I am incapable of truly doing it without God’s help. I need to cling to my relationship with Jesus to help me forgive and show kindness and act lovingly to those to have wronged me and others whom I love dearly. I am not there yet, but I hope that I will get better sooner rather than later. I know I will get nowhere without God’s daily grace and mercy.
We are called to Love. God is love and He wants us to show His love to everyone, no matter who they are and what they have done. Lord, help me do this. I can’t do it on my own.