It is hard choosing to someone who doesn’t love you back but so easy to love someone who already loves you. As I sit back and observe, I witness this happen far too often. Our flesh is naturally drawn to people who already love and accept us. But we are not called to be loved by people. We are loved by God, called to love people.
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” (1 John 4:16) Our trust is in His love for us. We should be eager for God’s love and for a relationship with Him. Every day, we should open our Bibles to read about the love He has specifically for you and me. His love is eternal, forever more. He is our creator and has designed us out of love. He is love.
Once you grasp this, you will realize that even though people may fail you, people may not be kind to or like you, God still loves you! The creator of the entire universe…loves you. And when He is on your side, there is not one single person (who likes you or not) that can obstruct God’s plan for you! He is the almighty, sovereign One and you are His precious child whom He loves.
We should seek God’s love before going into the world to love others. Love will overflow from our hearts and reach the unloving. We will no longer seek love from others, but seek to give love to others. And that’s what it’s all about…LOVE! “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” (John 15:12) And the way to do that is to seek God’s love first!
I challenge you to get so filled up with the love of God that His love overflows into the lives around you and touches them in a mighty and powerful way!!
Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.