1 Peter 1:22 (KJV)

22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently

If we responded simply out of natural impulses, we would probably be nice when people were kind.

At other times, though, we’d most likely be vengeful, angry, or hurtful.

Yet Jesus clearly teaches us to love even when the people around us seem unlovable.

And He lived out what He taught: Christ loved us enough to die for us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8). Surely, by acting out of His strength and with gratitude for what He did, we—His followers—can love others (1 John 3:14).

While it can certainly be challenging to respond to unkindness with love, such godly behavior can lead to great blessing.

First, the Father is pleased; this realization should bring His children joy, peace, and a sense of accomplishment. Next, believers ought to feel excitement and anticipation to watch how God will move in the relationship. Finally, there will be an awareness that the Holy Spirit is working from within, enabling divine love to flow through yielded human lives.

John 13:35 tells of another important benefit: Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Since unconditional godly love is uncommon in our world, people will notice.

Treating others the way that we want to be treated is what builds the deep, satisfying connections that all people desire. Without significant relationships, life lacks meaning—regardless of how many possessions or acquaintances we may have. So think about the people you come in contact with throughout the week.

Are you treating them in the way that Jesus modeled?

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