We Need to Love More Even When We Don’t Like It

You know what I love about Facebook?

Yes, the connecting and sharing is great. I get joy from reaching out to my followers on Walking Deeper and I love the interaction there. My personal page is also a great way to connect with friends and family. We can keep-up and catch-up whether near or far.

But you want to know what my fav feature is on Facebook?

The Love button.

That little round button with the little white heart.

Love is Better

For years all we could do on Facebook to show our love was to Like, and Like was good; but after the Love button showed up on the scene, for me Like just wasn’t good enough anymore.

Hitting the Love button is easy, right?

Except in real life, Love isn’t always as easy as a little round button with a little white heart. In real life Love can be hard.

When God instructed Hosea to marry a materialistic, promiscuous woman who ran around with men who could give her pretty things, that was a hard kind of love.

Even after Hosea married Gomer and she cheated on him — Hosea still loved her. Still a hard kind of love.

You may be familiar with this intricate love story. If you’re not then spoiler alert: Hosea gets the girl back. It’s pretty epic actually — more epic than even that scene from An Officer and a Gentleman. You know the one.

So what happened? Gomer’s lover grew tired of her and boom, she is being sold at auction. Trafficked.

But she was about to be rescued…

Hosea bought Gomer back just like Jesus bought us back — back from eternal separation from God.

We can see God’s providence and purpose all over what sounded like a most unreasonable plan. Why would God set Hosea up like that? Why would He let Hosea become the laughing stock of the town and be deeply hurt by an unfaithful wife?

It’s that agape love.

Love is a Holy Walk

God still agape-loves us deeply even when we are unfaithful — and we are unfaithful more often than we’d like to admit.

When we are called to love we are invited into a holy walk. It takes supernatural strength through a supernatural God to love beyond our capacity and to forgive beyond what we thought we couldn’t bear. Even when it involves people who have hurt us.

Because in God’s Book, just plain Like isn’t good enough and hate isn’t acceptable. We are called to love and He has written love on our hearts.

When we are faced with the challenge of that hard to love love, remember how set free we can be. Remember that God Himself is love and that our neighbor is not just sweet Mrs. Jones next door.

And there’s more…

We are called to pray for those who persecute us.

Why?

Because it changes us. And hopefully it changes them. Give it a try.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:44 NIV

If you see me around Facebook land, hopefully you’ll know me by my Love.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34–35 NIV

Have you struggled with loving the unlovable? In what ways has God changed your heart?

Doris Swift is the author of Goodbye, Regret: Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes. She loves to write, teach, and encourage. She reaches out to a community of women through her blog Walking Deeper at DorisSwift.com, at speaking events, and on her Walking Deeper Facebook page. As a leader in women’s ministry, her passion is to share God’s truth and disciple women to grow in faith as they follow Jesus. In ministry for over thirty years, she has been gifted to teach, speak, mentor, and counsel. It’s her joy to see women of all ages bloom in their purpose and calling. She’s written for various sites and publications such as Purposeful Faith, (in)courage, and Just Between Us magazine. Doris resides in Florida with her husband Brian. She enjoys traveling to historic cities, spending time with family, and loves being Gammy to her beyond adorable grand-kids. You’ll find her on the soccer field, rain or shine.
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Doris Swift is the author of Goodbye, Regret: Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes. She loves to write, teach, and encourage. She reaches out to a community of women through her blog Walking Deeper at DorisSwift.com, at speaking events, and on her Walking Deeper Facebook page. As a leader in women’s ministry, her passion is to share God’s truth and disciple women to grow in faith as they follow Jesus. In ministry for over thirty years, she has been gifted to teach, speak, mentor, and counsel. It’s her joy to see women of all ages bloom in their purpose and calling. She’s written for various sites and publications such as Purposeful Faith, (in)courage, and Just Between Us magazine. Doris resides in Florida with her husband Brian. She enjoys traveling to historic cities, spending time with family, and loves being Gammy to her beyond adorable grand-kids. You’ll find her on the soccer field, rain or shine.

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