Karen Stubbs expresses how difficult it may be to love others, but encourages us to be more like Jesus and love despite the difficulty.

Proverbs 3:3

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Paul tells us in I Corinthians 13 that without love, all of our accomplishments and accolades mean nothing. Solomon, the wisest man in the world tells us to never let love and faithfulness leave us. Jesus said that loving your neighbor is the second most important commandment (Matthew 22:39). SO, obviously, love is a big deal to God. 

To love people…that sounds so incredibly easy, until life hits. Even just normal everyday life- not catastrophic life- but regular “driving in traffic, checking out at the store, working with people in your work place, working with other moms on a project” kind of life. Loving people in these everyday situations can be very difficult at times. Loving others can be difficult because people are broken and hurting…often times they hurt you because they also are hurt. To love someone who lashes out at you for no reason is hard and our normal natural response is to lash back.

We do not need to retaliate in anger, but to always give love. We should recognize that when someone is not being kind to us, they are either hurting in their own life or they do not know Jesus. In either case, love is the only thing that will penetrate their heart. When you react in love towards people, they often do not understand. So, don’t be surprised if you get some crazy looks.  But remember that the love of Jesus can heal any hurt. It may not happen instantly, but the Holy Spirit just may prick their heart.  It’s not your job to bring healing…it is just your job to love.



You tell me not to remove love or faithfulness from my life- I know I need both. I need to remain faithful to You so I am able to love. I cannot love hateful people on my own…I must have You in my life to empower me to love. Love and faithfulness work hand in hand. God, help me always to keep both in my life always.

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