Love with His Love

Steven Laman

READ : 1 John 4:7-21

When I meet people for the first time, I often wonder how they are going to react to my disability. Usually they are very understanding, but occasionally there are people who think that because I sit in a wheelchair and have a hard time expressing myself, I must be spoken to slowly. For years, I knew a person who could not grasp that I could be spoken to as anyone else, even though my family explained it to her several times. Whenever she would see me, her voice would change and she would speak to me as if I were a baby. When I was around her, I felt belittled.

Often I would think, “If only I could talk so that she could understand. I would really tell her off!” It was difficult for me to love her. Despite how I feel, the Bible commands me to love. I thank God I never could tell her off. He showed me that it did not make any difference how she talked to me. He loves me and would never cause me to feel like less of a person. I know He could find sins to belittle all of us. But He doesn’t. Instead, He showed how valuable we are to Him by sending His only Son to die for our sins.

Is there someone in your life who is difficult for you to love? When God brings people like that into our lives, let it be a reminder that God still loves us, even when we are unlovable. When we know that we are loved by Him, it is easier for us to love others.

PRAYER

Thank You, Father, that You first loved us. Help us to love the unlovable with Your love. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.