Weekly Challenge: Practice loving those around you with unconditional love.
It is easy to love the people around us when everything is going right, feels right and we are happy in our lives. God calls us to love those around us unconditionally not letting our feelings or emotions get in the way of how we treat a person.
It is our job as believers to fill up every day in God’s presence by praying, reading His Word and putting His ways first in our daily lives. Doing this gives us a spiritual perspective rather than a worldly. We will be more alert to lift the person up rather than gossip or become an accuser of the people reasoning our own feelings and emotions to why we shouldn’t love them unconditionally. God says He wants no one to parish—NOT ONE!!
The best way we can help anyone is to pray for them to come into the light of Christ, to have their eyes opened and chains broken.
1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
From whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love their friends.