Devotional – L.O.V.E.

2 John 1:6 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.

It’s not new. It’s not flashy. It’s not really that hard. Just love on another. So, why is it so difficult to accomplish? I find that my own life gets in the way of loving others. Because to really show love, you’ve got to do something. It’s not enough to just say it. Honestly, I’d rather be doing my own thing. I’m selfish like that. Showing love to those around me takes time, effort and thought. But, it’s a command. It’s not an option – I’ve said this before, loving others isn’t a choice.

Today, I’m trying to remember that as hard as it is sometimes, showing true love is always worth it. Even when I don’t get the recognition I think I deserve. Even when the person I’m loving doesn’t respond the way I think they should. Loving others well is just an outpouring of gratitude for the love I’ve been shown by God. Maybe it will help to remember – I’m not doing it for the people around me  (necessarily), I’m doing it for God. Making Him happy is more than enough for me to be willing to step outside myself – and simply love.

Heavenly Father,
I thank you so much for your never-ending love towards me. No matter how many times I fail, You are always still there, still loving me. Please help me to demonstrate that same devotion to others – especially when I don’t think they deserve it. Help me to put into action Your love.

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