'Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ... a sacrifice... a pleasing aroma to God.' Ephesians 5:2 NLT
We can't live our lives in our own strength: we need God's help. Listen: 'We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love' (Romans 5:5 NLT). Notice the word 'given': we can't earn it, but it's always available.
Love is not a mood, a magic feeling or reaction. Too many of us are expecting to walk down the street one day and have God's love come and hit us in the face. From that moment on we'll automatically feel more love and be full of grace and patience and kindness and won't be able to help but hug every sad looking person we see. Sorry, but that's not going to happen. You're not suddenly going to get smacked with love and float through life with a big smile and kind heart.
The truth is that the greatest sacrifice you can make is choosing to love the unloveables. That kind of love involves forgetting what you want and showing love to them, regardless of what they're like or how you feel at the time. Love is a choice.
So what now? Even if you don't want to, or you have other places to be, or you just don't really like them, choose to show Jesus' love, to all. Be a friend. Provide for their needs, pray for them and give them your most precious gift, your time. Only then can we really know the full power of God's sacrificial love.
Soulfood: Jer 18-21, Luke 20:27-40, Ps 6, Prov 8:32-33