How to love people. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I made mistakes yesterday, today, and I’m sure I will make them in the future.
Learning to love people, the way God wants us to love them, is a journey. It’s a journey because we grow and mature in our relationship with God. In turn, our capacity to love God and others grows and matures.
One of my consistent prayers is for God to enable me to see myself and others how He sees us.
God sees us through eyes of love, mercy, grace, and compassion. He looks upon us in our weakness and remembers that we are just dust.
He gives us grace. He has mercy upon us. I try to extend the grace and mercy God gives me to others–even when it hurts.
Sometimes people will hurt you. They will disappoint you. They will reject you. They may even betray you.
And in those situations, use wisdom. You can forgive and love people, but they don’t have to have access to you or be in your life.
However, I’m learning that if you’re going to do life with people, there is going to come a time when they fall short.
They will fail to meet your expectations and standards.
They will fail to love you as perfectly and completely as the Lord because they are not the Lord.
They are imperfect, flawed, and complex human beings. And in most cases, they are doing the best that they can with the tools that they have.
In those situations, I’m learning not to throw people away. Before I judge people on my soapbox, I humble myself–remembering the times I have sinned against God. The times that I have cried out for forgiveness, and He has forgiven me.
It is from that place, that I show mercy. I choose to forgive. I choose to love!
I hope you have the courage to do the same.
Be encouraged. You are loved! ❤