God’s word teaches us that true love is not an emotion that can come and go but a decision. We are not just to love those who love us, but also love those who hate us the same way that Christ loves whom we perceive to be unlovable. Love is a very powerful emotion. It motivates much of our lives and we make many important decisions based on love and even get married because we feel we are in love.
The word of God in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient, love kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (NIV).
You do not need any push or great spiritual powers to love your wife, husband, friends and parents. It happens naturally. The hard part is to love those who hate us, but we should take it from God who loves us all, even those who do not love Him. We should return evil with kindness instead and return hatred with love.
Matthew 5:43-45a says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven” (NIV).
Every person who treats you badly was designed by the Creator to be beautiful, good and an heir of heaven. Some of them can be won back to God’s ways, but that never happens by revenge, retaliation or payback but by showing them love.
Therefore, do not refuse to help someone in need because he or she wronged you before, but instead use the power of love.