Refreshed by God's Love

As a believer, your consistent love for people sets you apart from unbelievers

Refreshed by God’s Love
Rooted and Established – Part VI

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:17
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…

In yesterday’s devotional, we examined that one way Jesus loves us is that He ignores that we are unworthy of His love. The key to becoming “rooted and established in love” is loving those who are unworthy of our love.

No one had to teach us to love those who are kind and loving to us because that comes naturally. However, when we deal with those who do not show us kindness or love, we struggle to give them kindness and love in return.

In our struggle to show kindness and love, we first need to understand that the Bible does not talk about emotional feelings of love for those who are unkind to us. Just because we are believers does not mean we do not feel natural human feelings; of course, we do!

When someone is unkind to me, I do not feel kindly toward them. However, with God’s help, I can still show them love with kind words and behaviors. That is not hypocrisy; that is obedience to the One I call the Lord of my life!

Showing kindness when we feel anger toward a person is a great gift that we can give to God for all the kindness He shows us.

This discussion is vitally important because everyone is unworthy of our love, at least at times. Think about all the people with whom you are in some kind of relationship. They all do things that you do not like. And is it not true that it is really hard, in those moments, to show kindness and love?

The one thing that truly sets us apart from unbelievers should be our consistent love for all people. This is why Jesus said our love for others is how we prove we are His disciples (John 13:35). The harsh truth is that when we do not respond with kindness to those who are unkind to us, we have lost evidence that we are Jesus followers, at least to that person.

Never forget that Jesus made it clear that to be His disciples, we must pick up our cross and follow Him. Jesus knew that following Him is hard when we want life to be easy. Our “cross” stands for the hard things that come along that we must deal with, such as unkind and unloving people.

Join me in breaking the habit of being friendly with only those who are easy to like!

Father, please remind me to show kindness to everyone who crosses my path today. Help me to be generous with my attitudes and actions toward them. I pray this in Jesus’s Name, amen.

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