Love is the foremost attribute of our relationship with God. Sometimes it's hard to imagine that the Almighty Creator of the universe wants a relationship with us when we are so unlovable. But God's love is unconditional. He is actively seeking us. Because He loves us, we can love Him in response. This love is not meant to stop with God; He calls us to love others, too.
To love other people, we must first accept God's love for ourselves.
To love other people, we must first accept God's love for ourselves. Jesus tells us, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12). Love causes us to reach out to others and build relationships, to encourage people, and to act in ways that bless those around us.
Read Romans 5:6-8. God not only loves us now, but he loved us even before we acknowledged Him. He will not force us to accept His love, but empowers us by His Spirit to receive and rejoice in it. And, oh, what a love it is! "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).
Prayer: God, thank You for loving me, even when I feel so unlovable. Help me love You in return so that I can also love others with the gracious, unconditional love You have given me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).