Think about this for a minute, do you love? Do you find your heart leap with joy at the smile, or thought of another person? If so, how many people?
In John 13:34-35, Jesus talks to his disciples about his coming demise, but he ends with this, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
So if we wish to be counted as one of the Jesus’ disciples, we must love one another, even those who do not love us.
There was a time in my life when I felt unworthy of love. I felt left out, discouraged, defeated. I felt that nobody could love me, and in return I didn’t love anybody back. In fact, I could not even use the word love with my parents. When I finally met someone, it wasn’t love I felt, but relief at somebody who I thought saw me as I was. But that also ended poorly. I found out she really didn’t love me, but loved my paycheck, and the lifestyle it could bring.
It took God working in my heart, and a long period of time for me to realize that love is not something to husband and restrict, but it is the universal solvent that makes human interaction tolerable. I can now say that I love my family, I love my friends, and I love the children I minister to on the weekends. I love the people who go to church with me. I get overwhelmed when I look at among 2,000 people, with arms raised, praising God, and I cannot fathom giving that feeling up.
Love isn’t a chemical reaction, but an unconditional acceptance and longing for people, and God himself. It is a beautiful emotion that will carry you through the toughest times in your lives.