Do you remember how seriously you took teams when you were younger? Maybe it was just me. But whether it was rooting for my team to win in a childhood game of “Red Rover”, being determined that the girls’ team would beat the boys’ team in a classroom competition, or that my dad’s favorite team would win the game, I was so invested in “my” team and didn’t really care about the other team.
Today, we seem just as eager to pick teams, and just as determined to disregard anyone who isn’t on our team. This divisiveness has hurt relationships in families, at work, and many other places. But not agreeing with someone doesn’t mean that you are excused from loving them. Jesus reached out to everyone. He offered salvation to a convicted thief on the cross with sincere faith. He pursued Paul, a devout and malicious Pharisee, to have a relationship with Him. Whether people are “good” or “bad”, God offers that love and eternal life to whoever believes in Him (John 3:16.) We have no business not loving other people.
If you are struggling to love others, here are some verses which can encourage you.
Love others to obey Christ. “And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.” 1 John 3:23 NLT
Love others to show Christ to others. “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 NASB
Love others to follow the example of Christ. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 KJV
Dear Jesus, Help us to show Your love to others! In Jesus’ Name, Amen