I work with the public. Most days I interact with anywhere from 100 to 200 people, hateful people, slightly less than intelligent people, whiney people, cussing people, unreasonable people. After a single day of dealing with such folks as these, my patience is all but depleted, and I start to develop a very low opinion of people in general. I find it difficult to muster any sort of love towards them. In fact, I have a hard time believing their own mother could love them. They just seem so unlovable.
But the fact is, every person alive on this Earth (and those in the International Space Station) are lovable. Not because they are cute and cuddly and fluffy. Nor is it because they’re good people. I mean, if people only loved other people who were good, then no one would be loved because not one of us are good. We all have some bad in us, whether we’d like to admit it or not. And bad people are hard people to love, right? Many times, while dealing with a particularly not-so-easy to love individual, I remind myself that God loves them just as much as He loves me. He doesn’t show favoritism–He loves us all equally.
I have to admit though, it is hard to believe that some people are lovable because their words and actions are so detestable, but even then they’re still lovable. That person who hurt you physically or emotionally? Lovable. That person yelling and cussing like a heathen? Lovable. That person whose political and religious view contradict your own? Lovable. Liars, stealers, and cheaters? Lovable, lovable, and lovable.
You see, every single person is lovable simply because they exist and because the God of the Universe loves them. And that same God who loved them all so much to sacrifice His own Son for them wants us to love them all, too. It’s not easy, that’s for sure. But the more we love God and allow Him to fill us with His love, we’ll find it much easier because we’ll be loving them with God’s love, instead of our own feeble human love. God wants us to love each other–every person–the same way He loves us: unconditionally.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4: 7-8, 10-11