“ If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same… But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
– Luke 6:32-33,35-36
Love comes easy when it’s returned. It’s easy when those we love are lovable. Obviously not perfect, but lovable.
It’s easy to preach the message of “Loving the Unlovable” when the unlovables are those in the street, or those out in a world that doesn’t directly correlate to us. It’s easy to love the unlovable when we build a relationship knowing and understanding that our purpose is to love the unlovable. A relationship that is almost built on the understanding and foundation that they are unlovable and we are there to love. The widow, the poor the orphan. That’s harder, but still, kind of easy. We call it The Great Commission.
But what about when the unlovable are suddenly those closest to us? The individuals who directly engage with us on a day in, day out basis. The individuals whose actions directly affect us and have the power to hurt us or lift us. What then? How much do we truly love the unlovable then? That, friends is the truest test of our faith and our ability to love. We are surrounded by a culture that encourages us to consider comfort and self preservation over love, and we have the audacity to call it wisdom. But it isn’t. Wisdom is considering the Scriptures, His Word and choosing to live daily by it. Love. Do Good. Give. Outrageously and out of an understanding that as children of God, we remain in a place of abundance. Abundant love from the Father. Abundant grace and ability to do only good from the Son. And abundant resources straight outta Heaven.
I can tell you from experience that loving the unlovable when they are close to you is hard. It’s really really hard. It hurts and it’s uncomfortable. And if you do it right, it will cost you everything. And sometimes, you see the reward right away. And sometimes you don’t. But as I encounter the truth of pure love, I encounter the truth in Luke 6 ever more clearly.
I am made to love. For it. Not just to receive it, but to give it away. Foolishly. Gladly. Outrageously. Self preservation is for dummies. I am a son of God. The Bride of Christ.
How do we do it? We stand on 1 Corinthians 13, we access the grace given to us by God to live righteously and as a son of the Most High we do good and we give ourselves away when all we want to do is “be wise” and “count the cost.”