This is my commandment, That ye love one another; as I have loved you (John 15:12).
There’s a big difference between liking someone and loving someone. God commands us to love everyone, including those you might not like; and there shouldn’t be anyone you don’t like. To like or dislike someone is an operation of the flesh and you must never base your relationship on that. It’s like when you say, ‘’I like the president of my country.’’ That’s nice, but it’s in the flesh, there’s always the possibility that someday, due to some reason, you may not like him any more.
Sometimes, we like or dislike people or things for no special reasons. That’s why it’s possible for a new employee to be dislike by his colleagues, right from that employee’s first day in the office. It might be something he said-something that naturally shouldn’t offend anyone-but a colleague hears it and start to dislike him. Living this way is fleshly or carnal, and it’s the cause of the faction and nepotism that exist in families, groups and society at large.
God’s desire for His children is for them to rise above this fleshly mental appreciation of one another. He wants you to love people not because they’re nice or kind to you but because he said you should love everyone. He wants you to choose the love highway! When you do, your emotions will line up with god’s word and you’ll find that you’re able to love unconditionally. There’ll be a transformation in your relationships, and people will seek to identify with you because they can experience the love of God through you.
Dear father, thank you for helping me see through your eyes of love how valuable all men are. I make a choice today to relate with, and appreciate others from the point of view of divine love, loving everyone around me as you have loved me, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:16; 1 John 2:7-11
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