How do you show love and to whom?
My family is my first thought, followed by my close friends. And well, I show my love for them by taking care of them, being kind to them or surprising them at times by doing something special for them.
While that is all good, it doesn’t take me out of my comfort zone. These are people who, for the most part, I can rely on to be there for me in times of need.
So it’s easy to love them.
What about someone not so easy?
That annoying child in my class who gets on my last nerve; the co-worker who doesn’t pull his/her weight and leaves me taking care of the slack; the woman at church whom I’ve tried to befriend and still manages to rebuff me; the smelly, homeless person who asks me for a lift; the village drunk who asks me for spare change for a meal; the neighbour who consistently helps themselves to the fruit on my trees.
How easy is it for me to love them?
Definitely not easy. And I certainly cannot do it in my own strength.
Jesus reminds us to love our enemies; to do good to those who aren’t good to us; to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. He also assures us that when we do these things, it is as if we are doing it for Him.
Christ loves, and died, for all – the good and the not so good. By His example, I ought then to show the same love, not only to those who love me back, but to those who don’t. In that way I am reflecting God’s love for us.