Loving the Unlovable
“Jesus looked at him and loved him.” Mark 10:21 (tniv)
A rich young man came to Jesus and asked how he could inherit eternal life. Jesus first challenged why the man had called him “good,” to get the guy thinking about who he thought Jesus was. Then Jesus told him to follow the commandments, and the man insisted he was faithful.
Jesus had a very short conversation with him, and yet this phrase is here in Mark—Jesus loved him. He didn’t know the man very well. The man had only just run up to Him and asked Him this question. He was a good Jewish boy, at least according to what he told Jesus. He was very wealthy, which Jesus might have somehow known, or He might have guessed it if the man was perhaps wearing the first-century version of Gucci or Prada apparel.
Yet Jesus just looked at him to love him. Isn’t that pretty reckless and vulnerable? Isn’t that being a bit hasty or unwise?
But isn’t that how Jesus loves us? You might have hated Jesus for part of your life, or been indifferent to Him. You might have done things directly against what Jesus would want. You might have spent time trying to run away from Jesus.
Yet He chose to love us anyway, even when we weren’t anything lovable. And if Jesus loved both us and this man in such a reckless, vulnerable way, shouldn’t we try to love others like Him? To love people who may not be lovable?
FAITH STEP: Spend some time in prayer to think of someone difficult for you to love. Ask Jesus to help you love that person with recklessness and vulnerability, just like Jesus loved the rich young man.
Written by Camy Tang
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