Embracing Christ's Love to Overcome Hate

Spreading Love: A Daily Mission

DAILY DEVOTIONS

8/23/2023

Embracing Christ's Love to Overcome Hate

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

Last Saturday, a simple incident taught me a powerful lesson. As my family and I walked outside after the rain, a car sped by and drenched us with water. Instantly, I felt my anger surge, and thoughts of retaliation crossed my mind. But in that moment, a soft voice within reminded me of Jesus' words about loving others.

The soft voice in my heart reminded me of Colossians 3:12–13, which talks about dressing ourselves in kindness, patience, and forgiveness. It made me understand that Jesus' love is agape; a unique kind of love that is unconditional and patient, even in the face of frustration, it's a love that doesn't depend on conditions and remains patient even when we are annoyed or upset.

The idea of love conquering hate became clear as in 1 John 4:21 emphasized this strongly that if we cannot love the people we see, how can we truly say we love God? This made us question whether we truly follow Jesus' teachings, especially when we encounter negativity.

Reflecting on Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, even knowing that one of them, Judas Iscariot, would later betray Him, leads to a profound question: Do we exemplify Christ-like love to those who may not treat us nicely?

Spreading love begins right where we are. At home, we can choose kindness over irritability. In school or at work, understanding can replace impatience. In places of worship and community, empathy can triumph over division.

Lord, may we heed Your command to love as You have loved us. Help us grasp the depth of Your love, the model for our own. May we shatter the chains of hate with the force of genuine, Christ-like love. Grant us the strength to let go of anger and embrace love. Empower us to spread kindness in our homes, schools, workplaces, churches, and beyond. In Jesus' name, amen.

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