We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. – 1 John 4:19-20
I have always wanted to divorce the love I feel for you from the relationships I have with sinners. But you turn that thinking upside down. You challenge me to see that not loving a person who grates me the wrong way is not justifiable. I want to love them, but when I don’t, that’s when I need your supernatural love to take over. Give me that love to lavish on those who have made themselves my adversaries. Give me that love which makes me reach out to the one who has hurt me. Give me that love that really does forgive and restore a relationship when it just doesn’t seem fair. Give me that love that laughs at the fear of being hurt. Give me that love that meets aggression with disarming patience. Give me that love that changes the world instead of being changed.
Pastor Don Patterson
The love we have from Christ is supernatural, life changing power. It leaves everyone better than how it found them.