Bible Passage: 1 John 3
Love is simple word yet we find it so difficult sometimes to love. God’s commandment is for us to love one another. It is of course easy to love our loved ones, but God wants us to take one more step forward, to love our enemies as well.
That’s a tall order. Sometimes I find there’s hardly enough love in me to love people I dislike. It is difficult even, to stop disliking these people, let alone love them. Somehow the working world has hardened my heart that i find very little love in me left.
Typing this I suddenly remember what a brother once said. God’s commandment will never be impossible to attain. Sure it is a tall order, but if we have a willing heart, willing to let go of our pride and grudge, allow the Holy Spirit to motivate and move us, we will be able to love even our worst enemies.
God will never force us to obey His commandments. Hence, if we are not willing to love others, He will not compel us to love them. But we ask ourselves, as TJC members, how do we set ourselves apart from others? There are certainly plenty of non-Christians or Christians from other denominations out there whose acts of love and compassion towards others are far more superior than us. Our actions of love have to be even greater than theirs.
Jesus was very clear in Matthew 5 where He taught his disciples to love their enemies. (Matthew 5:43-48)
For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren[i] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[j] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
This verse will be a reminder to me. If my heart has very little love left, I need to squeeze out more. Love myself less – meaning shelf my pride – so that I can love others and even love my enemies. I need to set myself apart from the rest of the world, surely God will be pleased.