Truth: It’s easy for me to love someone – when they’re doing what I want them to do. Or think. Or be.
Evangelist Billy Graham once said, “It is not sufficient to urge people to love their neighbor unless we lead them also to the capacity to love. Christ gives men that capacity to love.”
John 15:4-5 “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Our ability to really love someone as Christ does comes only from Him.
No matter who you are, loving someone you’re struggling to love takes more than the greatest human effort. Here are a couple of steps to consider:
- Talking to Jesus (pray). Share how you’re struggling and ask for His help. This can be hard, since it requires us to be vulnerable; admitting we actually can’t do this on our own and acknowledging our total reliance on Jesus.
- Digging into the Bible for answers. Not sure where to go? Here are two passages to read:
- Matthew 5: 43-48
- 1 John 4: 7-12