BIBLE: “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:43-44
TRANSCRIPT: Hey everybody, welcome back to Morning Thrive! We’re talking about love. We said that God wants your love to grow, and that your love starts in your relationship with God, but did you know that sometimes God wants you to love people that are unlovable? This really goes against the grain of everything inside of us and really against the current of our culture. It’s easy to hate on people. All you’ve got to do is get on a social media, and you can see people hating on somebody if they’re not of the same political persuasion, if they don’t look a certain way and if they don’t act a certain way. There’s just so much hate, easily shared and easily expressed, but did you know that people that look different than you, that act differently than you and believe differently than you are the very people He wants you to love?
It’s easy to love people that agree with you, but it’s only God that can give you love for those that are different than you. In fact, Jesus said this in Matthew 5:43. He said, “You have heard that it was said, love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecuted you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
You know what really makes you different? What really sets you apart is when people see you loving that boss that doesn’t treat you well, or loving that neighbor that is always angry at you or takes advantage of you, or loving people that are rude to you, or people that are different than you and that you don’t agree with. For people to see you loving them and caring for them makes them go, “Wow, there must be something about their relationship with God that I need to know.” So listen, why not be a reflection of God’s love today, and if you’re in strife, in a struggle or have an enemy, ask God to fill you with love for them. All right? See you tomorrow.