I will fully admit. –Since I love, I wear my heart on my sleeve. Some may say it is foolish to love so hard, and I understand where they are coming from, but , from my understanding, that is the power of true love. Love goes all out for someone. As it says in 1 Corinthians 13:5-7 (KJV): [Love] beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” (bold italics emphasis mine). Here is why I strive to love so hard:
1.Because of God’s love for me—God has been actively orchestrating my life since the beginning of time! Even when I wanted to give up on myself and my life because of the difficulties I have I had to endure in my life, I firmly believe God has never given up on me. He loved me even when I didn’t feel good enough for anyone and had a self-pity party. He has showered me blessings way beyond my comprehension and my merit! He has shown me care and compassion, even when I have forgotten His goodness and God Himself. That is true love! That is why I strive every day to love God, through loving others. Yes, I may fail at loving others at times, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get up and try again. With God’s love, there is always hope for anyone, even me.
2. Because of my life’s purpose—One of my life’s purposes is to love others as God has loved me. I want to share this great love with others because I can believe true love can change the world for the better. I found that when I want to give up on loving someone, I feel depressed and even suicidal at times! That is because if I refuse to love others, all other things that I do are fruitless and meaningless. It even says that in 1 Corinthians 13: 1-4 (KJV), where charity equals love:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”
3.Because it gives joy—I strive to love others because it not only gives me great joy, but because the joy in love and being loved is contagious! I find when I strive to love others the way God has loved me, it brings great joy to everyone involved. For instance, during the Christmas season/holidays at work, I made it a point to give every salaried member of management a Christmas card to let them know, in essence, that their hard work and dedication to our company does not go unnoticed. All the managers seemed appreciative and joyful upon receiving the cards. It also gave me joy to be able to make the managers feel loved and appreciated. When I have the difficult task of loving someone that I’m either upset with or that I don’t particularly like, and I do, it’s like a burden is lifted off me. However, when I do love these people, I don’t only feel better about myself, but I often feel like there is hope for restoration and healing in our relationships.
4. Because it is better than the alternative.—Today, as I write this, I am deeply troubled and saddened by the hatred and anger in this world, as I hear of another mass shooting in my country. However, today is also Valentine’s Day, a day that we are all supposed to love and care for each other. Over and over again, hatred always creates destruction and dissension. As hard as it is to love certain people, we must be diligent in at least attempting to be kind and love others. Don’t rely on feelings alone to love someone; otherwise, we may fall woefully short. However, love because your very life and your very legacy depend on it!
This is why I strive to love others every day. Yes, there are times when I fall woefully short of where I should be in loving others, but even in times when we fall short; we must not give up on love. When we give up on love, we lose our lives, both spiritually and emotionally. However, when we do love, we can turn the world upside down for its good and preservation.