Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God – 1 John 4:7, NKJV
Do you find it a challenge to love some people, even those in church? How do you reconcile that with what John exhorts us to do? He tells us that we are to love one another because love is of the God we worship. How can we worship a God of love and not love those whom He loves? John says that if we love one another it means that we are born of God and we know God.
This means we are truly God’s children because we do as our Father does just as Jesus did when during His ministry here on earth. We love others whether or not they deserve it. Whenever you find yourself resisting the command to love that person who rubs you the wrong way, remember that God love you during those times when you were His enemy (Romans 5:8). His grace works the same way. It’s freely given to you even though you don’t deserve it.