Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
2 John 1:6 NLT
Our kids don’t always get along. When the occasions arise where an apology is necessary, it’s typically delivered in the most monotone or quiet manner. We’ve given them the command that an “I’m sorry” is required. We want them to act it out even though the emotion of sorrow isn’t there. Because the hope is that eventually, the emotion will be there.
God has commanded us, which is a huge word, to love each other. We have to be commanded to LOVE someone?! Apparently. So, like my kids, is it possible to act out love even when the emotion isn’t there?
We show love for God but doing what he commanded and loving others is the command. It’s love all the way down.
Love is simple, but love is hard. Love is the hardest when people act unloving ways. Love still has to love the unlovable.
Sometimes love loves with gritted teeth.