Sometimes loving is hard. Sometimes there are people in our lives that we think don’t deserve love. And sometimes, we just don’t love them.
We are called to live a life of love. Faith and hope are part of our Christian calling, but the greatest of these is love. Many times there is a difference between knowing and doing. We know we should love the difficult people in our lives, but actually doing that is really, really hard.
But why do we have to love these people? Why can’t we just love the good people and ignore the bad? The most significant answer is given to us in 1 John 4. John tells us to love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves knows God. That should be reason enough to love, even when it’s hard.
I mentioned that sometimes there are people we feel don’t deserve love, so we just don’t waste our time. But when we look at the example of Christ, we see that we can’t justify that. Check out Romans 5:8. In the ESV it says, “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God didn’t wait until we obeyed him to send Jesus. He didn’t wait until we “deserved” salvation. No, God showed his love towards us by sending Jesus to die while we were sinners. That’s the kind of love we are expected to show others. And in case it wasn’t obvious, that is a hard thing to do. But God never promised our Christian life to be easy. He just said he’d carry us through it all.