“Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
Often I catch myself getting sucked into the “hater” talk. I hear friends or family members talking bad about someone and the next thing I know, I’m doing it, too.
This is not what I want to do, because as a child of God, I’m called to love others as Christ has loved me. It is really easy to let family members or friends get to us. Whether on purpose or by accident, we all do things that hurt others.
This past Christmas, I got my feelings hurt by a family member who is very dear to me. I kept running it over in my head, and was just about ready to let this person have it! I was sick and tired of taking it. But then I prayed about it, and God gave me peace.
I could have started a huge fight over something small, but instead, I prayed about it.
As Christians, we can choose love. That means making a conscious effort to overlook the faults of our family and friends, to see the good in others instead of the ugly.
Jesus lived here on earth and experienced, first hand, how awful people can be. He was crucified for spreading a message of love. He knew that His children would struggle with this.
It’s difficult to love those who hurt us or disregard our feelings. But our Savior tells us to cover it with love. I’ve learned that the only way to love (when I’m hurt or mad) is to pray for the other person. God will give you the strength to forgive and love that person.
Nobody ever said love was easy. Sometimes we don’t feel like loving or putting forth the effort. That’s when prayer is important. God can help you see the situation, and the other person in a new light.
Today, I want to choose love…will you?
Dear Gracious Lord, thank You for choosing to love me at all times. I ask that You teach me to choose love, even when it’s much easier to hate. I want to be more like You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This week, try to hold your tongue when tempted to talk bad about someone or lose your temper with your family or friends. Ask God for the strength to overlook things that cause you to be angry. Ask Him to help you choose love.
Think of a way to choose love in the following situation: You hear from a friend that another friend has been talking behind your back. How would you react?
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