1 Corinthians 13
In this fallen world where people can be difficult and situations stressful, it’s often challenging to love others. Good intentions often give way to frustrations as we face those challenges, preventing us from achieving the loving relationships we hope to enjoy.
But God chooses to love all people in all circumstances and his unconditional love can inspire and empower us to choose love in our relationships – no matter what. Loving others even when it’s hard to do so is the most powerful choice you can make as a Christian, because it shows people that God – the source of all love is really active in the world.
Here’s how you can love others no matter what:
Recognize that you have the power to choose. God will always give you the power you need to choose to love others, no matter what they may say or do. So don’t blame others when you fail to put love in action; realize that you’re not a victim of other people’s choices. Your love is not dependent on whether or not others love you in return. Instead, your love will prevail no matter what when you rely on God to help you act toward others with love.
Commit to the goal of connection in all of your relationships. You’re constantly moving either toward or away from other people as you communicate with them. Even when you don’t intend to move away, your relationships will naturally become more distant if you neglect intentionally moving toward people by communicating loving messages that will draw you closer together.
Study the people who are in your life regularly to get to know which of the five love languages (touch, gifts, quality time, acts of service and words of affirmation) best communicates love to them. Then communicate with them as often as you can in ways that make them feel loved, which will also make them feel connected to you.