"They said what about me? Wow. I am so upset right now!"
"Why would they do such a thing to me? I am so frustrated with them!"
Ever felt the sting left behind from someone treating you poorly? Was it easy to point to what they did wrong and how it made you feel? Trust me, I can relate. I'm not saying that what they did to you wasn't right or shouldn't be acknowledged. But when you face the pain from being hurt by another person, do you position yourself to check your heart and cling to Christ for strength to respond in love? I know I haven't every time. The hardest pill to swallow sometimes is pushing back your pride and deciding to respond in a God-honoring way.
"And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:2
Love-placing a person before yourself- is more of an action than a feeling. Some days may be easier to love someone than others, but we are still called to love, no matter how we feel. Christ literally gave himself up for us even though we went against Him, do we do the same for others who may or may not intentionally hurt us? Our love for others shouldn't be conditional, but it should be given because Christ first loved us. Our motive to extend selfless love should come from the grace God extended to us when we least deserved it.