Honour thy father and thy mother’; and ‘Thou shalt love thy fellow man as much as thyself.’” – Matthew 19:19 (WNT)
Have you noticed how easy it is to love your friends? It’s a lot easier to love people that you really respect. How about your parents? That’s harder. Sometimes even harder yet, is loving others as much as yourself.
It’s easy to love ourselves. We always understand that we mean well. It seems that we can always give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. But do we give others the same treatment?
Do we give others the benefit of the doubt? Can we let other people have a bad day? Or do we judge them based on what we see externally?
If we’re really going to love others, it’s going to take some work. It’s going to take us looking internally and making adjustments to see the good in others around us. Yet, that’s what God does for us. He sees our potential.
God loves us unconditionally. And that love should empower us to love those around us. Not because they treat us right or do the things we feel are right, but because of how much God loves us.