To Love Like God
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. The definition of the word love is often misconstrued in society, but the genuine meaning can be found from the love of God.
When your childhood friend betrays you, when a family member forsakes you, or when your husband has been unfaithful, it can be hard to love those individuals as if they did no wrong. But showing them such love is unconditional love. Love keeps no record of wrongs. To love someone unconditionally as God loves takes a lot of work. It takes patience, humility, kindness, forgiveness, integrity, strength and willpower. It takes prayer, reading God’s Word, and practice.
It’s those you are closest to who can hurt you the deepest sometimes. When you are hurt, it can be easy to get angry, not talk to those who caused you pain, or give up on loving them completely. But, we are all flawed. Don’t give up on the ones you love when they have done you wrong. Have mercy on them. Show them the same mercy God extends to you each time you fail. And just know that showing mercy does not mean you are weak. It does not mean you condone the wrong that was done to you. It means you choose to demonstrate the greatest and most powerful principle—unconditional love.
The perfect blueprint of love in is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. It’s a blueprint you can follow even when you have been angered, hurt or betrayed. God would never give you a standard that you could never meet. If you have fallen short of showing the kind of love the Bible talks about to your spouse, children, family members, or friends, don’t be discouraged. Tomorrow is a new day, filled with new opportunities to love like God.