Love Until It Hurts

1johnIn addition to giving, God has been showing me a lot about love lately. It is a huge part of the Christian belief system, and also a major motivation behind service. It is so easy to talk about loving people in the abstract. In fact, talking about loving others is something that I’ve become pretty good at. However, actually loving them is something else entirely. That is because people can be hard to love. Loving most people well requires a lot of forgiveness, humility,sacrifice, and vulnerability. Four  things that I don’t particularly like using.

The thing I’ve been learning, though, is that it is not anybody’s responsibility to make it easy for us to love them. It is our responsibility to love them, even at their most difficult. This is because that is what Christ did for us. Also, it is what we ask of others when we ourselves are difficult to love.

So, for this week’s suggestion of how to change the world, I want to challenge you to love more deeply despite difficulty. Think of someone that has been hard for you to love lately, and do something to actively love that person. It is a challenge, but it is so worth it.

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa

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