Love At All Times.


So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

—John 13:35-36


It’s easy to love people who are supportive, encouraging, and compassionate, but what about people who are rude, disrespectful, or hard to deal with?

I'm sure you've encountered at least one person in your life who drove (or currently drives) you crazy. Maybe it's your coworker who loves to insult people or that family member who irritates you.

What do you do when you have to be around these people regularly?

I'm pretty good with adjusting to different personalities, but I used to have someone in my life who brought out the worst in me. Every time I had a conversation with the person, I found myself getting defensive and annoyed.

My prayer was always, "Lord, help me to love them the way you do."

There's this story in the Bible that I love about Jesus being anointed by a sinful woman. When she heard that Jesus was having dinner with one of the Pharisees, she came to Him. The woman washed his feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, and anointed them with a rare perfume.

Luke 7:39 says, "When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

The Pharisee thought the woman was unworthy of touching Jesus.

But in verses 44-46, Jesus says, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume."

In God's eyes, no one is unlovable.

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

—John 13:35-36

Here are 5 things that will help you show others the same unwavering love that God has for you:

1. Looking in the mirror.

We're often so blinded by the faults of others that we fail to see our own. We all have room to grow.

The Pharisee was quick to judge the sinful woman, but Jesus taught him a lesson about looking in the mirror at himself. Be open to criticism, and always ask God to show you the areas in your life you need to grow in. 2. The Word of God.

You can’t change anyone, but you can allow God to change you.

Read the Word, meditate on the scriptures, and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with His love. God's light and love displayed through you will cause others to want to make changes in their own lives.

3. Prayer.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we should pray without ceasing. Anytime you need help with something (and even when you don’t), pray. Ask God to intervene in your life and help you to love difficult people.

4. Listening to the person.

Instead of always talking and thinking about what you want to say when someone else is talking, try listening.

You never know what someone might've gone through or be going through. Ask questions and listen intently. Sometimes all it takes is genuine care and concern to get through to someone.

5. Finding common ground.

It's always possible to find a “silver lining” with someone. Finding common ground can establish a foundation for a growing relationship.

And when you find a mutually beneficial solution, give people time to adjust.

Remembering God's love toward you will help you to show love even when it's not convenient (or comfortable) to do so.

You are loved by God always, so love others the same way.

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- Mags