Living Word Devotional by Pastor Mensa Otabil
Tuesday, 19th November, 2019
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. —Luke 6:32
If you only love on and off like a light switch, you do not love others like God wants you to love. Jesus said, “If you only love those who love you what credit is that to you?” His point is this: anybody can love those who love them. Becoming a master lover means you learn to love the unlovable. It’s when you love people who don’t love you, when you love people who irritate you, when you love people who stab you in the back or gossip about you.
This may seem like an impossible task. That’s why we need God’s love in us, so we can then love others. When you realise how much God loves you – with an extravagant, irresistible, unconditional love – then his love will change your entire focus on life. If we don’t receive God’s love for us, we’ll have a hard time loving other people. I’m talking about loving the unlovely, loving the difficult, loving the irritable, loving people who are different or demanding.
You can’t do that until you have God’s love coming through you. You need to know God’s love so it can overflow out of your life into others. Love must become your lifestyle, the habit of your life. But it starts with a decision. Are you ready? Your life is worth far more than you think, and by learning to love others with the love God gives you, you will have an influence far greater than you could ever imagine.
Prayer: Lord, stir up the love of God in my heart so that I will walk in love the rest of my life.
Scriptural Reading: Luke 6:27-36