If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. (Luke 6:32-33)
Abraham Lincoln said, “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” On the website: www.passiton.com I read the story of a sixth grader who moved to a new school. The girl who sat next to her in class, Lucy, considered the new girl to be her enemy. Every time Lucy rolled her eyes at her, she smiled at Lucy and told her how beautiful she was. A while later, Lucy returned her smile, and they became best friends.
I wish someone would’ve told me how God’s love works when I was that age and had no friends. If you love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, you give him all your love. Then, you become His vessel and the grace, the faith, and the love that are in Christ Jesus will be poured out on you abundantly. Then you have His love to pass on to those who don’t love you.
Father God, show me how to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Let your grace, faith, and love overflow from me, so I can touch others, even those who don’t love me. Help me to pass on this mystery to others, especially the children in my life. Amen.