Are you ready to put your prayer life to the test? It may be difficult for you to do, but I’m going to ask you to choose your number one problem person, and take him or her before the Lord in prayer. Then go a step further and ask God to help you show His kindness to the very person who hurt you, caused your pain, or may be making your life miserable.
Luke 6:28 says, “Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” You’ll find you cannot hate a person you’re praying for. Try it. The Bible says love suffers patiently and is kind. Pray for God to fill your heart with His compassion as you walk each day and every step along the way with Him.
You’ve probably heard it preached a hundred times, but putting the command to “love one another” into action is not ordinary, it is extraordinary. This call to you as a child who belongs to God is to go one step further: You’re to love others in deed and in truth. Sincere love doesn’t pretend. It has no ulterior motives; it wants nothing from the one loved. If there is a person in your life who’s not receiving your sincere love, God is calling you to a love that costs greatly and requires effort. It’s easy to talk about how much you love God, but loving others reveals how much you truly love God. How are you measuring up? Are there any changes you plan to make in the sincerity of how you love?
Dear Lord, give me a heart for the one who trouble me, who pushes my buttons. I want to have Your view of that person, Your love for him or her. Help me love the person who is difficult to love. Remove any judgment or past disappointments that keep me from offering sincere love to certain people in my life. Guide me in this pursuit of godly character. Release me from my negative attitude and preconceived notions so that I move forward with kindness, grace, and a vulnerable heart. I want to love with Your love.
In Jesus name I pray
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:16, 19
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.