This is reposted from March 2016, it needs a repeat.
““I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.””
John 13:34-35 ERV
Do you love me? Can you love me knowing all my secrets, knowing my past, knowing my mistakes?
Jesus said people will know we are his followers if we love each other. That’s deep because people are not always easy to love.
I wonder if he meant you had to love the man who abused you sexually when you were a child? I wonder if he meant you had to forgive the father or mother who abandoned your family and left your family economically challenged? Do you think he meant you have to forgive the person who used your body and broke your heart? Could he possibly expect you to forgive the person who murdered your child, your brother, your father or even your mother? Oh, my could he expect you to forgive the person who was knowingly or unknowingly sleeping with your spouse and caused you step out of your character? Do You have to love the child that your spouse created outside the marriage? Does he want you to love the person who betrayed you time after time in friendship? Could he really expect you to love all these people?
I think he did! He does not expect you to do it in your own power. God’s love will heal you and his power will allow you to love, even when you don’t want to or can’t believe he would expect you to.
“He heals their broken hearts and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and knows each of them by name. Our Lord is great and powerful. There is no limit to what he knows.”
Psalms 147:3-5 ERV