Living out the Most Difficult Commandment
“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Have you ever been through a season in your life where you have to deal with someone you simply do not—in laymen’s terms—click with? People can be difficult to love. There are times when we encounter people who just seem to make it their mission to make our lives miserable. There are times our enemies seem to be thriving when we are struggling to make it through the day. Jesus even tells us that God causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45-46).
To have an enemy can be discouraging. How do we deal with people in our lives that we find difficult to love? What do we do when those people come into our lives? We have to see Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. The command could stop with love your neighbor, but it is important to note Jesus keeps going because it’s easy for us to love ourselves…sometimes we love ourselves too much.
We have to understand people are flawed. We never know what people are experience in their lives. We are all human, and some people aren’t Christians. People will treat us badly, and it can be discouraging, it can be heartbreaking, and it can make us angry. Part of what Jesus commands, though, is regardless of this, we are to love our neighbor.
Through this process, in sanctification, we are the ones being changed, even if they aren’t. Pray for your enemies, and remember God’s sovereignty over them. He knows and sees all, and God commands us to not only love our enemies, but to pray for them as well. Rise above your feelings, sister, give it to God and trust in Him. He is faithful.
Father, I thank You for your sovereignty, and I thank You for loving me, though I am a sinner. Help me to love others as I love myself, even when it is difficult. Give me eyes to see others the way You see them. Amen.
What does Jesus have to say about dealing with your enemies in Matthew 5:43-47? Take time this week to pray for someone you are having trouble loving like your neighbor. Ask God to reveal Himself to them in their lives.
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.