We thank God…because we have heard of the love you have for all the saints (Col 1:3-4).
As believers we are called to love, and especially to love other believers. In fact, John 13:35 states that our love for each other is proof that we are disciples. This bothered me for a long time because there were some that just really rubbed me the wrong way. Then people would say that you can love someone that you didn’t agree with, or even necessarily like. I didn’t get that at all!
I think my problem was attaching the emotion that I associated with love and trying to muster that feeling toward someone that I didn’t even want to be around.
A respected bible teacher defined love as “that which seeks the other person’s highest good.” Now that I can handle.
We can choose to have that kind of love for everyone, even those we don’t want to spend time with. We can hope, desire, and pray that they achieve their personal highest good—God’s perfect plan for their life.
I hope that someone is praying that for me, too—I still have a long way to go.