Love One Another

Day 8: Love Others

Love One Another

If you want to follow along in my 30 day challenge be sure to check out the 30 Days to Peace: How to Minimize Strife & Enjoy Your Life. 

What the what? Love others? You’ve got to be kidding me, we’ve heard that since we were kids. That’s what you’re thinking, right?  It was unbelievably easy to love one another as a child, a teen or even an innocent adult just out of college. But, if you’ve spent any time at all in what they call the “real world” then you probably know the concept of loving one another is far from easy.

I really love that picture above, it states such a simple concept that can truly be incredibly difficult. How can you love those who hate you? How do you love those who lie about you? How do you love those people that have left your life in a chaotic mess?

Truth be told, I’ve never in my life had an issue with this concept until this past year. Never. I mean, I’ve had people that I was not fond of here and there but I’ve never had someone that I just could not imagine loving as a human being. This year tested that in leaps and bounds.

It is very difficult to respond to someone else’s hate with love. That doesn’t mean it is impossible, it’s just difficult. I’m not writing this from a position of having it all figured out. Only 15 minutes before I sat down to write this post, I had to prepare a document for one of my lawyers dealing with this very issue. Believe me, I know the commandment to love one another is a difficult one.

The thing is, whether I like it or not, the commandment still stands.

But what about those really bad situations? How do we love then? I think we can make it a bit easier, maybe it is just a conscious choice to not respond to people with hate? Maybe that’s all you or I can do in the worst of situations, make a simple choice to not give back hate then let God build from that. Let God help you love even those who might, by all appearances, seem unloveable.

I’m not saying that you lay down and become a doormat, you might have to deal with situations legally, you might have to fire an employee or deal with a family member, those are real things. I am merely suggesting that it’s possible to handle even those horrible situations without hate.

So, how do we love one another? I think the first step is to refuse to hate. The God of love will do the rest.

30 Days to Peace: How to Minimize Strife & Enjoy Your Life

If you want to follow along in my 30 day challenge be sure to check out the 30 Days to Peace: How to Minimize Strife & Enjoy Your Life. 

 

3 Comments
  • Ashley
    Posted at 16:32h, 13 February Reply

    I feel like I can not respond with hate outwardly, but it’s inside of me that the hate builds against the person who I feel has wronged me. I am struggling to find a place of peace beacuse of that. I am constantly replaying situations in my mind and I know this doesn’t help me move forward.

    • Sarah Roe
      Posted at 14:38h, 14 February Reply

      @Ashley-I fully agree, it is difficult and really it involves retraining your mind. Meaning, if a thought or situation starts coming in, immediately start singing songs or speaking God’s Word until it’s gone. Not easy at all but eventually, one thought at a time, you will overcome.

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