In today’s society, it is easy to see all of the hate in the world and none of the love. There is an incredible amount of hate going on from things like bullying in a classroom to the things like war and inequality across the nation.
That is why is it our job as followers of Christ to love, and actually love well.
“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11 MSG
The love we show to others is just not about quantity, but quality. It is not just about how much we love or how many people we love, it is about how deeply and sincerely we love. As followers of Christ, it is our job to love as Christ loves us. We do this to glorify God and show the lost how fulfilling it is to be found.
We must set the example for love. In no way are we perfect, but God’s love is. It is extremely important for followers of Christ to love well. We have to treat all people how we want to be treated. We have to love all people. We are all children of God, so treat everyone like it. We do not get to pick and choose who we love because God loves everyone single one of us.
We have to stomp out the hate in the world with real, life-changing love. Love that breaks the shackles and sets people free.
When we set out to love others, we have to make sure that we also love ourselves.
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him.” 1 John 3:18-22 MSG
We have to truly love ourselves in order to live a fruitful life that glorifies God. When we really love ourselves, it is easier to love people because we can connect with them on a deeper and spiritual level.
God knows literally every single thing about you. There is no part of your life that is hidden from him. He knows you better than you know yourself. God knows what has happened on your hardest and darkest days, yet he still loves you unconditionally. He knew your weaknesses and failures before you were even born, yet he still sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins so that you could live an eternal life in heaven. That is real love.
Do not let your self-doubt keep you from loving yourself and loving others. Love yourself so that you will be ready with arms open wide for whatever and wherever God takes you next.
God has big plans for you. He is going to use you in ways that you cannot even imagine, but you first have to love yourself.