Loving others. It seems so hard to do at times. I know it is for me when someone cuts me off on the freeway or gives me a dirty look in the store for no reason. All I want to do is ask them “what’s your problem?” What did I do to deserve such treatment? Answer – nothing. It is a hard world we live in and no matter what we are supposed to love others.
Ok. Now I have really gone off the deep end right? Loving others to love my body. This had nothing to do with each other. Or so I thought.
I am human. just thought I would let you know. I am human and many times the last thing I want to do is love other people around me. I don’t mean my friends as I mentioned in my last post, but more those who are strangers. The people you don’t know. Maybe they are the crazy neighbor who lets their dog bark all day or the cashier who just charged you double for an item, but no matter we are to show them love.
Even those who are not Christians can agree with that. But I hold my authority higher according to Jesus’ words in John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” We are to show patience, kindness, and love to all those who rub us the wrong way. Why? Because it will benefit us more if we do rather than them. Like in Romans 12:20 “To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’” I know sort of morbid but it’s true. The more we don’t hold a grudge against someone (stranger or not) the more it hurts them if we forgive instead of us.
Because I know that I want others to do the same to me as I do to them. Luke 6:31 “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” So I think twice when it comes to my actions more often.
This goes now to helping others less fortunate than you too. If you see that someone needs help then it is expected that you will help them. We are the hands and feet of Jesus and we are to show everyone with respect and love no matter their circumstances. And when we show them kindness and love, we are showing ourselves kindness and love by putting ourselves in their shoes for just a couple of seconds.
To love others is a selfless act and showing them that they matter to us. Even those people who drive us crazy or the homeless person on the street. We are to love others always and doing so will show we love ourselves. It’s not an act of selfishness but the opposite. We want to give our time in order to show them love and in doing they might be able to take what we have given and give it to someone else.