When It’s Hard to Love One Another

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

─ Romans 5:8-9

Ten years since we’ve had all the family together, and she shows up like this, Laura thought to herself as she watched her sister Chrystal, who was always the last to arrive, walk through the front door for their family’s biggest Thanksgiving in decades. Chrystal began with her usual speech as to why she was late and began her routine of arguing with Laura and her family.

Immediately, Laura knew she had a choice to make. She could ignore and avoid her sister all evening and let the rest of the family “entertain” her. After all, there were forty or more family members to go around, she reasoned. Or, she could demonstrate the love of Christ, even though that was exactly the opposite of what she wanted to do.

She knew the voice of the Lord as He spoke quietly, whispering to the deepest part of her soul, “Love her! Let her see my love through you.” She moved across the room and in genuine love, she embraced her sister.

Today’s One Thing

Who do you find difficult to love in your life? Ask God to help you demonstrate His unconditional love to them today.

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