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Loving the Unlovable

Loving the Unlovable

You know people like this.

Their focus is solely on themselves. They live for their own pleasure. They carry a big stick, are always right, and impose their viewpoints. Anyone with a different way of looking at things need not apply.

They don’t know how to give compassion. They can’t empathize, or even sympathize. They will only feel disappointment that they didn’t know of your misfortune sooner, to fuel their black grapevine.

They don’t appreciate the bright light that shines from you. Preferring darkness, perhaps that light is just a bit too bright.

Nothing is ever right. Nothing you do will ever be acceptable. They are prickly, cold, indifferent, or even downright hostile. They are unlovable.

 

How are we to treat the unlovable?

With compassion.

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?

1 Peter 4:17, 18

With good deeds.

Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

1 Peter 2:12

As ambassadors.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:20

With love.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:8–11

Keep on loving. You may not fully appreciate the (ever)lasting fruit of your persistence.